Uncertain what to do after college, and needing a physical and emotional challenge to sort his head out, Roman Weishaupt sets off from his idyllic Swiss village to follow the pilgrim trail in Bruno Moll’s “On Foot to Santiago de Compostela.” Charming, unpretentious and free of religious theorizing, docu follows Weishaupt’s extraordinary 80-day, 1,367-mile walking journey from the Alps to the Pyrenees and beyond. A testament to determination as well as a window onto a centuries-old tradition, pic is ideal fare for Discovery Channel-type outlets.
Auds looking for pretty shots of Romanesque churches or intense discussions between pilgrims should go elsewhere: Weishaupt admits to an allergic reaction to religious conversations. Instead, docu is about personal determination and the fulfillment of private goals. Moll accompanied Weishaupt for 30 of the 80 days, through blisters, lost contact lenses and mild irritability to a sort of fugue state of self-realization. In the end, answering life’s big questions is less important than simply contemplating them, making for a refreshing perspective. Shots of the solitary protag against majestic landscapes are attractive but will look best on smallscreens.