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|Regie:||Jonas Frei & Manuel Schweizer|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 85 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years]|
Not only since the great success of Hape Kerkeling's pilgrim bestseller "Ich bin dann mal weg" the Way of St James enjoys great popularity with people from all over the world. Every year over 200,000 pilgrims make their way from the Pyrenees to the tomb of St James in Compostela, Galicia. The motives for this often difficult journey are always individual and often very personal. It doesn't always have anything to do with religion. Often it is simply the longing to find some peace of mind in an ever more fast-moving society or to find inner peace of mind that motivates people to walk the whole way or parts of it. Filmmakers Jonas Frei and Manuel Schweizer have embarked on a journey to explore the Way of St James, its history and that of the people they meet. They captured the whole thing in their documentary "Camino De Santiago - A Journey on the Way of St James".
The result is a somewhat ambivalent affair. On the one hand there are some very nice, atmospheric shots and thrilling scenes. In its best moments the film can convey quite well what it means to experience the Jakobsweg for yourself. But it is also interesting to hear how the people who have lived here forever live off the pilgrims and how investors are spreading in the region to take advantage of the ever-growing popularity of this route so that they can take the money out of the pockets of pilgrims. Especially these critical notes reveal the potential that lies in such a documentation.
However, this potential is unfortunately hardly exploited. The individual protagonists interviewed here are usually only seen for a few seconds, but only for a few minutes at the most. Their stories, as interesting as they may be, are therefore only cut and treated very superficially. The viewer doesn't have the time to get involved with her and build up the necessary interest. Instead of telling a lot of little stories that can't leave a real impression, it would have been much more interesting and meaningful if the movie had followed three or four protagonists all along the way. Then the effect that such a journey can have on people would also have been more comprehensible. And maybe the big finale would have been really emotional. However, there are only a few pretty pictures of happy people, to which the viewer has no connection at all.
Another problem of the movie is its editing. The transitions often seem very abrupt, whereby the sound is often already turned down when someone is still telling the story. All in all, one feels reminded of travel reports from the Open Channel, especially at the scene transitions. This simply doesn't seem very professional and certainly doesn't look like a real movie.
"Camino De Santiago - A Journey on the Way of St James" has some very positive aspects, from the theme to the recognizable ambitions to some beautiful pictures. Unfortunately, however, the implementation is only convincing to a limited extent. If the movie seems exciting, entertaining and thrilling in its best moments, many other moments just seem insignificant and bland. The film cannot really touch emotionally. The feature films "The Way" by Emilio Estevez or "Saint Jaques -Pilgern auf Französisch" are much better. And that's why there is only one more thing for those viewers who have an enormous interest in the Way of St. James and simply want to see everything about it: Worth seeing!
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