October 07, 2011
This is truly an enjoyable film. In terms of storyline and dialogue, it is minimalist. And yet, the director, Emilio Estevez (Martin Sheen’s son) has captured a depth and richness: realistically demonstrating the principle of “less is more” through emotional sparseness, visual beauty, and keen perspective. It is a “feel-good” film, not in your typical canned Hollywood-style, but because it touches a universally human chord: how each of us navigates the wounds of life. The theme of suffering, forgiveness, and connection are delicately interwoven into a realistic journey, and I found myself vicariously arising each morning with the characters in anticipation of another day on the path—not knowing what the day would bring, or how the events would change my/their direction, but strong in resolution to keep going even as I was being challenged to surrender to the winds of destiny. This film may not rock your world, but it will imperceptibly loosen the rigid corners of your psyche and lift you up into a celebration of life.