The docu follows an average bunch of Kiwis and Aussies, each with their own cross to bear. The core of the film is good, and the editing and film movement was spot on. Some might consider this a fluff piece on the Camino, but I found the film offered a lot of compassion and maturity and was not so in-your-face like many others.
The Directors ability to capture intimate, poignant moments with subtlety and restraint while carefully crafting a narrative was both engaging and genuinely moving.
Ideal heartwarming viewing for the depths of winter.
The inspirational journey of six strangers as they embark on the historic ‘Camino de Santiago’ – an historic 800km pilgrimage that starts in France and works its way through Spain before arriving in the city of Santiago de Compostela. In the face of overwhelming odds, the Camino acts as a catalyst for catharsis and forces the group to defy their age and physical ability as they come to terms with recent loss.
Independently shot over 42 days, the film follows the journey of the six strangers. Each of the characters have their own reasons for walking but ultimately come together to work through heartbreak and defy their physical ability. Dealing with themes of loss and hope, the film is an uplifting look at what it means to live with grief.
Premiering at the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival, the film went on to make its Australasian premiere at Doc Edge Film Festival where it received awards for ‘Best NZ Director’ and ‘Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker’.
NZ 2019, 80 min, rated PG (coarse language)
Directed by Fergus Grady & Noel Smyth