Pilgrim Song

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1 h 55 min201513+
Seeking escape from his stalled relationship and unhappy place in the world, a recently pink-slipped music teacher sets out to hike Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace Trail. Among the verdant hills of Appalachia, he encounters various strange characters and becomes the reluctant companion of a gregarious father and son who ultimately help him rediscover what he's been missing.
Directors
Martha Stephens
Starring
Kristin SlaysmanMichael Abbott Jr.Earl Lynn Nelson
Genres
Faith and SpiritualityArthouseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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StarPathOneReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch for what the filmmaker has to say...not for what you expect in a 'hiking movie'.
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As a long-time hiker, I picked this movie because it looked to fit within my scope of interest. I enjoy seeing the journey's ups and downs of fellow hikers and hearing what lessons they learned along the way. It doesn't take long as a hiker to understand that its not always just the scenery and freedom we are looking for, or received from, in a long term hike. What the movie gave was a very personal journey of not just one man, but a couple, a community, and society in general.

This is less of a movie about a hiking trail as it is about the reason why many decide to hike the trail. The trail gives them that time to question and figure out what they truly want or need. The time to think about those seemingly unrelenting questions about life. Am I hiking this trail for sheer selfish escapism or for a deep and profound lesson to be leaned, both, neither, etc.?

In the lead character's personality, I saw many of my fellow hikers. I saw that same dilemma he faced in so, so many hikers that were out there just trying to figure it all out. So, as I watched the movie, it just struck me as profoundly real...REAL. Real people, real pains, real relationship issues, real parenting fears, real people that pay attention to others and real idiot ignorances spilling over onto others' lives...just the real human condition and how we can put it into perspective. The real things we often look for on the trail to show us the way through.

After reading so many negative comments here it just seems so fitting and ironic. People too often forget how to read between the lines and are too easily distracted by their shiny expectations. But that's just the way of it, isn't it? Not being open to new experiences will always leave you unsatisfied eventually. Therefore, it's simply fitting to see people run down a 'hiking movie' because they wanted to see that shiny adventurous example of a hiker's journey along the trail itself. I fully admit I expected to see that too. But what it delivered was a far better, and more intimate journey that transcends the trail. The entire point of the movie is actually quite ironic in that if there is one thing the long trail taught me, it was to be open to new experiences and lessons, even when they didn't meet my initial wants and expectations.

So while it is true you'll need to watch this without distraction, I recommend it to see a very real and personal journey unfold and still leave you with that sense of the unknown adventure. Watch it for what the filmmaker is saying and for something new...not for your expectations of a 'hiker's movie'.
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JustyneReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
just like many of the folks who live in that part ...
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Reminded me of films from the 1970's for some reason. I had to check out the actual release date on IMDB (2012!). The film is a slow drawl from start to finish, just like many of the folks who live in that part of our country. Life is slow and easy and there's no shortage of whiskey and pot. The main character is pretty vacant most of the time, as are most of the people he encounters along the way. James is not the sharpest tool in the shed, nor is his girlfriend back home, but this is just who they are. There is something weirdly appealing about them, however. I felt like I was looking in on people in their everyday lives, not actors, and it was interesting if not always exciting. I was hoping for more detail and insight into what interested him in doing this hike, and why he felt the need to go out on his own. I was hoping for more about his actual hike - scenery, wildlife, aches and pains, what gear he had, etc. - but I guess I am spoiled from reading many well-written accounts of hiking the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. It's an Indie film, certainly no blockbuster, but not bad either.
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anonymousReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
to people who found this boring, try meditation practice
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a meditation on purpose, meaning and direction. heart warming, lots of nature, solid story, enjoyable, real characters: to people who found this boring, try meditation practice, then you get to see what you can practice and be present to--real life--outside of the box of electronic stimulation. also go experience nature and do so immediately if depressed, go watch nature.
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SockosimReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Waste of Film
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The only reason I watched the whole thing was because the batteries in the remote were dead and I was too tired to get up to switch it off. It was
s o s l o w, dull and long! There was nothing appealing about any of the characters, especially the main one James. There was not much of a story line. The best thing about it was the great fiddle music. The metal stuff was horrid. The filming was good, so it's too bad it wasn't worth filming. I was glad when it ended.
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Russell GranbyReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not much hiking
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I love hiking movies, from The Way to Wild, there are some great movies out there. This however, is not one. This seemed more like a film students senior project than anything else. There was some good parts with the cinematography but that didn't help the movie. The dialog was horrible, I still do not know what the plot was. I stopped watching around 1 hour and 10 min mark. The interactions between characters seemed too bland.
Thomas BuckleyReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Take a Pilgrimage elsewhere. This movie had all the excitement of an appendectomy
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This movie never gets off the ground. Its basically a grown up napoleon dynamite with none of the good parts and twice the uncomfortable ones. Its the story of a mope who tries to hike a trail but gets caught up with a worse mope. Dont watch this movie if you are at all depressed because you will surely slit your wrists. This film has NO moments, there is no character arc for anyone. The ending was complete garbage. And we also had to see the lead actor's penis.
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Y. ReyReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
something completely different
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Not sure why I liked it so much. But I did. Messed up humorous in a wierd way relationship buddy comedrama.
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OldMarineVN70Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Ouch!!
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I gave it a two based on some the scenery only! I actually made it about 2/3 of the way through the movie, hoping it might pick up the pace. I decided poking my ears with ice picks would be less painful.
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