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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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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 »

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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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Che Rivera: All right, look, look, look, I told your uncle I was going to try, all right? And I am. I'm trying, but if you think that talking about it or processing it or however you want to call it is gonna somehow make it all right or acceptable, or that maybe one day I'm gonna, like, give you my blessing, then you're wasting your time, 'cause that's never gonna happen.
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Cruise "slow and low" through LA MISSION
8 July 2010 | by reelinspirationSee all my reviews

"La Mission" is a project of love about the barrio neighborhood the Bratt brothers grew up in. Writer/Director Peter Bratt takes time and care to set up a strong sense of cultural pride with Aztec dancers, Catholic rituals, "slow and low" cruising in shiny low riders through the family oriented Mission District of San Francisco.

Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) an ex-con and recovering alcoholic, has worked hard to earn the respect of his community by going straight and being a good father to his college bound son (Jeremy Ray Valdez.) Benjamin Bratt portrays Che as the embodiment of Mexican machismo. The director presents him as a sympathetic character who was brought up to use his fists to survive on the hard streets. Che finds strength for his quest for redemption in his culture and religion. But when he discovers that his beloved son is gay, that homophobic culture drives his negative response.

Enhancing the theme is a multi-racial relationship with Che's black, culturally diverse, social-worker neighbor Lena (Erika Alexander.) Lena sees through Che's violent, macho exterior. Experience has taught her that this kind of man is incapable of changing, but she can't help but be moved by the wounded boy inside.

There is an odd visual metaphor which I believe is meant to show the contrast between past and present Chicano culture: colorful Aztec dancers perform at the shine of a murdered teen with a sign, "No more violence." I found it odd because the Aztec's practiced human sacrifice. Whether intentional or not, the Aztec dancers are a good metaphor for the theme: We need to keep what is healthy from our culture or religion and let go of what is destructive.

"La Mission" isn't perfect. A few scenes were just left hanging - especially in the romantic subplot. I didn't feel the chemistry between Che and Lena. But Benjamin Bratt delivers one of his strongest performances. The brothers have given us an authentic, loving depiction of the culture in the Mission barrio with an important theme for our times.

Movie Blessings! Jana Segal,Reel Inspiration


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