WALKING THE CAMINO | REVIEW

The Camino de Santiago is currently number one on my bucket list, it has taken over from Antarctica because it is actually accessible. It is a Christian pilgrimage that has been going for over 1200yrs and is pretty much a spiritual walk of self discovery from France to Spain, 500miles or about 800kms. Today it is not just undertaken by Christians but people from all walks of life. From the moment I finished watching THE WAY with Micheal Sheen I knew I would walk this pilgrimage. Friends of mine have done it and said it was a challenge but oh so worth it and I cannot wait. My current goal is May 2017 to set off for 35days of 6hrs a day of walking the trails and following the shell. On June 11, 2015 Umbrella Entertainment will release this documentary, WALKING THE CAMINO, into limited release around Australia. I have posted the cinemas screening the movie at the bottom of the review. WALKING THE CAMINO runs for 84mins and is rated PG. Go and see it, you too could be inspired to follow yourself into discovery. 

 

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WALKING THE CAMINO | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | AUSTRALIAN MOVIE POSTER AND COMPEITION

 

BY JASON KING

Why on Earth would anyone want to walk 800+ kilometres? I have no idea but thousands upon thousands of people have done so and continue to do it every year and I will be joining them. WALKING THE CAMINO follows six individuals on the journey. Director Lydia Smith would no doubt also be our seventh hiker. She independently funded and produced the movie and we get birdseye viewings of how these individuals from all over the place with completely different backgrounds, lives and beliefs cope on this journey that pushes the body and tests the mind. Walking six solid hours every day for over a month will most certainly give you a lot of time for reflection and removal from normality.

 

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WALKING THE CAMINO | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE IMAGE OF PILGRIM WITH A STROLLER

 

PILGRIM in the dictionary is described as:

  1. a journey to a shrine or other sacred place
  2. a journey or long search made for exalted or sentimental reasons

There is a shrine and religious ending to the Camino, that of being in Santiago and attending the Camino walker’s mass. But a journey to a sacred place is also a journey into one’s self and this journey is a place that can help anyone through themselves and into a form of rebirth, this is the reason I have chosen to walk it by myself, where I might meet up with some people along the way and gain a higher insight into myself. That and I just love walking and constantly seeing new people and places every day in a wonderful part of the world (**cough – that spends some time walking through vineyards) is something I will find more than sacred.

 

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WALKING THE CAMINO | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | PILGRIM

 

Everyone walks for their own reasons, and this is what is so successful about this documentary, everyone is completely different and the movie covers all the parts of the Camino that make up its whole. It shows the physical punishment on the body, and feet, (something I am worried about, my knees!! Lots of training to be done!) and the torture that affects people if they feel their body might prevent them from finishing the walk. It also looks at the spiritual side of the Camino, something that is purely optional but will affect many people in different ways. I am actually a Christian, very non-practicing, but none-the-less, this will have an affect on me to some extent, I think more so for the endless belief and history associated with walking the Camino.

It also highlights the weather experienced and coping with it; it isn’t always going to be postcards every day and regardless of the weather the pilgrims walk. Adding to this you get to see how little is actually needed to walk the Camino, you see some people packed down under the weight of their packs, imagine Cheryl Strayed (portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in WILD) trying to lift her pack, Monster, onto her back every day and you get the image. But people on the Camino eventually consider only the necessities, which would still be infinitely more than the first pilgrims would have carried. These people leave a lot behind on their walks and one couple that met up on the walk, eventually finished it with little more than a day-pack each.

 

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WALKING THE CAMINO | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | PILGRIMS WALKING

 

The movie showed me everything I would want from the walk, and it pretty much summed up what I imagine it to be like. There is endless books on the walk, even Shirley Maclaine wrote one, THE CAMINO: A PILGRIMAGE OF COURAGE following her walk, one of the most famed is probably THE PILGRIMAGE by Paolo Coelho, but to be brutally honest, it was too spiritual and wanky and it did my head in and I never finished it. My favourite so far is the incredibly long titled A FOOD LOVER’S PILGRIMAGE ALONG THE CAMINO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: FOOD, WINE AND WALKING THROUGH SOUTHERN FRANCE AND NORTH OF SPAIN by Dee Nolan. This sits pride and place on the coffee table at home. There is the books and then the MUST SEE MOVIE – THE WAY – just spectacular and it has had an everlasting impact on me and made me start looking into this pilgrimage. All pilgrims will share the knowledge that they actually did it and be satisfied when their Camino passport is filled with stamps along the way. I will be ending mine with a tattoo of the shell on my arm and I cannot wait to share my journey with you. Now get out and see this movie, and THE WAY, and hopefully I can run into some of you on the walk.

 

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WALKING THE CAMINO | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | THE JOY OF FINISHING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

 

And a total bonus – watch the movie and then CLICK HERE – the fabbo folks at Umbrella Entertainment are giving you the chance to win a holiday to Spain to walk 7 days of the Camino #winning!!

THE AWESOME PLACES SCREENING THE MOVIE:

 

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