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For anyone who has seen "The Way" (with Martin Sheen), I'm looking for something similar. Suggestions?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (10970points) May 27th, 2012

I have Netflix and am rather tired, so no subtitles, please.


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digitalimpression's avatar

I’m pretty sure The Way Back is on Netflix. Also a good movie.

gailcalled's avatar

Yes. I saw it in a real theater and enjoyed it. Apparently Martin Sheen walked the entire route himself. I remember in the movie that he started at a huffy-puffy slog and by the end was almost sprinting.

What specifically are you looking for? A journey, a metaphysical journey, a low-key movie with no sound track to detract from the story, the acting and the scenery, a religious experience?

Are you also interested in father/son partnerships (Emilio Estevez directed) or other family groups connected to one film, like the Douglases, Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow or Will Smith and his son?

I loved Séraphine’ but unless you speak French, you need subtitles. However, it is a film with very little dialogue.

janbb's avatar

“Into the Wild” was sad – not uplifting – but a fantastic journey movie.

harple's avatar

You may like Into the Wild

Darn it, @janbb just beat me to it!

gailcalled's avatar

If you don’t mind some grimness with the uplifting, here is also 127 Hours

“127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.”

And this true story by Farley Mowat of his experiences in Never Cry Wolf One guy who crashes in the Arctic Tundra and lives to tell about it. There is a funny mini-subplot about how to prepare mice in many different ways…barbequed, roasted, stewed, en brochette.

And a breathtaking movie about an Inuit who ends up having to run naked over the snow and ice for a long time (the retelling of an Inuit legend) is The Fast Runner

Mama_Cakes's avatar

@gailcalled Yes, 127 is something similar. I did watch it, last year, though.

I’ve just started The Way Back.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

@gailcalled Wonderful! I’ll add another one of your suggestions to my queue. It’s a wet, miserable day here.

gailcalled's avatar

Would watching an Inuit run for miles on ice in a very cold climate cheer you up? The outtakes for “The Fast Runner” are fascinating to watch because they show how the intrepid actor actually did the running, while the support staff hovered nearby with heavy wraps, hot soup and portable space heaters.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

And, toss in a good documentary, as well. :)

janbb's avatar

“Frozen River” is another great movie. Not exactly a journey movie but very evocative of place.

flutherother's avatar

“Harimaya Bridge” has a similar storyline and is set in Japan.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

We ended up watching “The Grey” with Liam Neeson. Made me cry, as I thought of him losing his wife, Natasha Richardson. There were a few emotional scenes. They looked rather real (Liam’s scenes).

janbb's avatar

I’ve read that part of Neeson’s acting in that movie reflected his grieving.

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