La mission (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 January 2009 (USA)
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A single-parent ex-con in a tough, minority neighborhood finds his personal values challenged when he discovers his son is gay.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nacho (as Chris Borgzinner)
Jes Rivera
Cesar Gomez ...
Gummy Bear
Neo Veavea ...
Cathleen Riddley ...
Store Owner
Xochiti Guzman ...
Fine Mission Mamacita
Marco Serralta ...
Chuy (as Marcos Serralta)
Ana (as Talisa Soto Bratt)
Ramon Ovando ...
Little Man
Nadine (as Tatiana Rivas)


Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. He's a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful lowrider cars. A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and do right by his pride and joy: his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che's path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. To survive his neighborhood, Che has always lived with his fists. To survive as a complete man, he'll have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown. Written by Global Cinema

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...from the thorn emerges the flower



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Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content

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19 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Mission Street Rhapsody  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Talisa Soto who plays Ana and Benjamin Bratt who plays Che are married in real life. They met on the set of Blood In Blood where Rene played by Jesse Borrego stars alongside Benjamin Bratt. See more »


After Jes and his dad fight, Jes has a fat lip on the left side. A few scenes later, Jes is having his lip tended to at the home of Rene (Jesse Borrego) and the lip looks to be swollen and bleeding on the right side because he is looking in a mirror. See more »


Che Rivera: You know what you are?
Lena: I do, actually, but if I ever need a second opinion, I'll be sure to ask.
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References Animal House (1978) See more »


performed by Carne Cruda
Music courtesy of Round World Music
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La Mission - WELL DONE
2 May 2010 | by (Mission Viejo, CA) – See all my reviews

Caught this flick with a choice of almost any seat. Weird because the theater is known for showing real life, low budget, "art" and eclectic films so I expected it to be well attended at the 2:10 showing. Someone judged that the religious elements in the movie were a distraction. I don't get the same read. They seemed to fit in culturally quite well. In fact I judge there was an intent to show a paradox between passion for worship / faith reverence and passionate violence. The central theme is the breakdown between single parent father and gay son. It left room for some play around other compelling life issues. If you are shy about the subject of gay men, go see Oceans. Two hours is too long for this movie (requisite love scene was useless), but the length did not detract from the story. The ending ... go see the movie.

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