Lydia B. Smith
Anne-Marie "Misa" Misser
Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (NR)
Documentary 84 June 6, 2014
Often shot in panorama, the film lingers on the landscape of northern Spain as a walker's eyes might on a long, slow trek through largely rural areas. It zooms in on small moments of tenderness: Tómas Moreno uses a needle to pierce and drain a blister in his heel. Annie O'Neil, struggling to keep up and often on the brink of despair, melts with gratitude when other walkers offer to share a meal, and her joy resonates.
The film occasionally drags, as must anything made at walking speed, and the glossy, scenic cinematography, combined with captions written in the bold, appealing fonts of a tourist brochure, sometimes makes the documentary feel hollow. But driving both the filmmaker and her subjects is wonder and wanderlust. Their enthusiasm for the Camino is contagious, and it might make you drop everything and head for Spain.