Rent Camino Skies (2019)

3.2 of 5 from 78 ratings
1h 20min
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A story about life, love and loss on the Camino de Santiago, 'Camino Skies' is an uplifting film about learning to live with grief. The inspirational journey of six pilgrims from New Zealand and Australia who embark on the historic 800 kilometre Spanish pilgrimage. In the face of overwhelming odds, the Camino forces the group to defy their age and physical ability as they each come to terms with recent loss. Heart-breaking and inspirational, 'Camino Skies' is an uplifting story about everyday people doing the extraordinary.
Manny Domingo, Neill Le Roux, Sue Morris, Belli Naima, Rachael Speedy, Cheryl Stone, Terry, Louise Tessier, , Claude Tranchant, Julie Zarifeh
Fergus Grady, Noel Smyth
Fergus Grady, Noel Smyth
Parkland Entertainment
Children & Family, Documentary, Special Interest
New Zealand
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Run Time:
80 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
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Reviews (5) of Camino Skies

Didn't appreciate this was a documentary - Camino Skies review by JS

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The blurb doesn't explain that this is a documentary and the film doesn't explain how this disparate group was formed - was it a "tour" as the group seemed strangers to each other. No sign of any support vehicle/staff other than the film crew.

So, it didn't have the drama or impact of The Way but rolled along at a reasonably comfortable pace. Not every member of the group gets equal air time but we do glean some personal suffering but not why walking the Camino was thought helpful. Not even sure if there were any Catholics in the group.

Tremendous personal effort but ..............

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Reservations about such documentaries - Camino Skies review by DF

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The documentary follows a group of six persons undertaking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage and attempts to show in a very personal way some of the reasons why anyone would undertake such an ordeal. The filming shows quite realistically the tough physical trial of the camino along with the personal anguish that members of this particular group were trying to come to grips with. Nevertheless, I do have reservations about such documentaries. This particular one appears to have no specific input from the directors other than to ‘listen in’ to the conversations between the group members some of whom are going through severe trauma due to grief. It seems to be a random group of strangers but I did learn from a youtube interview with the directors that that they were actually selected, in Australia and NZ, as likely ‘characters’ for the documentary project. I have a feeling that such documentaries will always have an impact on the participants and how the react and ‘act’ because of the presence of the camera and this gives rise to ethical questions and as to what are the responsibilities of the documentary producers with regard to unintended consequences later on. Were the directors completely ‘hands off’ in what was going on? Since the Hollywood-esque drama The Way, there has been a lot more interest in the Camino de Santiago resulting in quite a few documentaries. I walked the camino in 2013 and came across four separate camera crews at work along the way; in fact one camera crew were refused access to a pilgrim hostal (albergue) because they were filming some sort of TV personality on a self promotional stunt. To a viewer without any knowledge of the Camino, its history and what it is about, Camino Skies might seem strange; why on earth are these people slogging their way through mud for miles on end in a strange land whilst indulging in self conscious camaraderie and lots of hugging? To undertake the Camino de Santiago is undoubtedly a unique experience; pilgrimage is an ideal opportunity for self reflection and renewal and, indeed, friendship. Some may find the documentary ‘uplifting’, I did however find this one a bit of a slog and also feeling a little uncomfortable about this type of voyeuristic documentary production.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Evasive documentary - Camino Skies review by AER

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It's difficult to put my finger on quite why this documentary fails to get under the skin of its fascinating subject matter. Each year 100s of thousands of people walk the 500 mile Camino de Santiago trail through France and Spain on a pilgrimage. People do it for a variety of reasons, to turn over a new leaf, to come to terms with a loss and more. Camino Skies follows six Antipodeans on their walk, and although they share their reasons for walking - their is tragedy - somehow the film flops. This isn't a commentary on the people featured, it's just the treatment of the subject is rendered flat and ultimately lifeless. For once, I'm at a loss as to what could have improved this - the finished film just seems to have been put together without any creativity or thought to breathe life in it. It's straight forward enough but strangely uninvolving.

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