HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Gentlemen Broncos
To the Stars
Lady Godiva Rides Again
Angelfish
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A
This is a Hijack
Loved One, The
Jumanji: The Next Level
Krabi 2562
Call of the Wild, The
Diary of a Country Priest
Sea Fever
Throw Down
Grudge, The
Green Man, The
Specialists, The
Convoy
Romantic Comedy
Going Ape!
Rabid
Infinite Football
Little Women
Camino Skies
Ema
Another Shore
Cry Havoc
Legend of the Stardust Brothers, The
Mystery Team
Westward the Women
Demonwarp
Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The
Chloe
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Murder Inferno
Extraction
Overlanders, The
Can You Keep a Secret?
Women in Revolt
   
 
Newest Articles
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
   
 
  Camino Skies Walking Back To Happiness
Year: 2019
Director: Fergus Grady, Noel Smyth
Stars: Various
Genre: DocumentaryBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: The Camino de Santiago is a trail that stretches five hundred miles, or eight hundred kilometres if you prefer the metric, across Spain and began as a pilgrimage centuries ago for the religious. Even now, thousands of people every year try their luck and attempt the walk on foot on bicycle, and for many, the spiritual element is pronounced, especially when the trend is to tread the roads and pathways in tribute to somebody you know who has been close to you and has passed away, be that recently or some time ago. The handful of pilgrims we follow in this documentary are mostly there because of a death in their family, though one seventy-year-old is trying to prove her arthritis will not get the better of her. But will they all manage to finish what could be a gruelling journey?

Well, it's not that gruelling from what we see, there are a few inclines to climb but a lot of it appears fairly flat, meaning it is more a test of endurance than a fitness workout. Nevertheless, as the participants we watch are in late middle age or older, they are no spring chickens, not eighty but they're not magnificent physical specimens either. The fact that they do so well - even the oldest of them - indicates this is an achievement that is fully manageable for anyone who has the will power to give it a go, and you imagine that is why it is such a popular endeavour for pilgrims across the globe to show up and start walking. But don't go thinking this film was a religious movie, as first and foremost it emphasised the human angle of the trekkers, with their suffering the most important.

Yes, suffering is a big part of religion, in that it is supposed to be good for you, but whether you believe that is life's way of teaching you humility or simply a load of bullshit designed to make you clutch at straws of succour when things are at their bleakest, it has spurred a lot of people to prevail over the worst of circumstances. And a lot of people do not prevail and succumb, but this was about them too as the weight of those who were not present any longer - one woman has lost her husband and son within a fortnight of each other, and one man lost his stepdaughter to cystic fibrosis at merely seventeen - was deeply felt by all those who were conducting the cross-country event. However, as you can envisage, this did mean a lot of shots of older folks breaking down in tears.

Even the seventy-year old, who is grieving for nothing but her failing health, seems to feel the pressure of those who have passed, so watching Camino Skies looked as if you were supposed to grow ever more reflective as it progressed over its brief eighty minutes or so. However, it was possible to sit through this and regard it as basically somebody's holiday videos edited together, and as most of the walkers were from New Zealand it would likely go down best with the same age group from that part of the world. Yet you could find a universality to their past experiences which brought them to the excursion, and there were no villains as might have been contrived for a shallow reality TV episode, though it did come across as more than a little televisual. As it was more or less the same thing all the way through, it did not make a huge impression once you had the measure of it, but the scenery was nice, it wasn't happy-clappy by any means, and you wished them all the best. Music by Tom McLeod.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 180 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Hannah Prosser
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Rachel Franke
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: