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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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Peter Bratt

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Peter Bratt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Bratt ... Che Rivera
Alex Hernandez ... Smoke
Christopher Borgzinner Christopher Borgzinner ... Nacho (as Chris Borgzinner)
Jeremy Ray Valdez ... Jes Rivera
Cesar Gomez Cesar Gomez ... Gummy Bear
Neo Veavea Neo Veavea ... Kenny
Cathleen Riddley Cathleen Riddley ... Shell
Martin Cantu Martin Cantu ... Store Owner
Xochiti Guzman Xochiti Guzman ... Fine Mission Mamacita
Marco Serralta Marco Serralta ... Chuy (as Marcos Serralta)
Talisa Soto ... Ana (as Talisa Soto Bratt)
Jesse Borrego ... Rene
Max Rosenak ... Jordan
Ramon Ovando Ramon Ovando ... Little Man
Tatiana Maricely Tatiana Maricely ... Nadine (as Tatiana Rivas)
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

19 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mission Street Rhapsody See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,046, 11 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,040,000, 1 August 2010
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5 Stick Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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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 »

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Rene: Hey, yo! Can we dance with yo dates?
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LA MISSION = mission accomplished (for real)
22 April 2010 | by rroberto18See all my reviews

Even in L.A., this powerful film about Latino family culture only ran in a handful of theaters for a fewer number of weeks. Well worth looking for, LA MISSION is one of the most powerful and rewarding films I've seen in years.

Every actor, from unknown to under-rated, is perfectly cast and directed. Leading man Benjamin Bratt is given solid dialog, but in a major scene in which he has no words, his body and soul communicate all that needs to be said and more. The carefully chosen locations and intricately-detailed set design are reasons enough to shut your cell phone off and let it command your undivided attention.

Even the soundtrack which could have gone down a well-traveled "low rider" route takes you to unexpected places -- from indigenous Aztec folk music to India raga; from the 60s to the present. Both the original and adapted musical choices are just as involving as the script and plot. Yet it's not available on a soundtrack CD as of this writing.

Don't want to say more, because the film is best seen "cold" with little inside knowledge. But you will leave the theater (or your home screen) wondering why this well-crafted labor of love is such a well- kept secret.

Woefully overlooked despite solid reviews, it's 2 hours well spent -- and warrants repeated viewing for years to come.


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