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La Mission

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For this affecting labor of love, Peter Bratt focuses on a Latino widower with rigid views on masculinity. A bus driver covered in tattoos, Che Rivera (the filmmaker's brother, Benjamin Bratt) lives in San Francisco's Mission District with his son, Jes (Jeremy Ray Valdez). A recovering alcoholic who customizes low-riders on the side, Che takes pride in the high school senior's academic achievements, but he doesn't take kindly to homosexuals--and has no clue about Jes's secret life until he finds the photographic evidence. As expected, he gets upset, but Jes's insulting defense only makes matters worse and leads Che to kick him out. While Jes stays with relatives until things cool down, Che tries to resist the bottle, but word travels fast in a close-knit community, and the personal becomes political when bullies hassle the Riveras, leaving Che to consider revenge. Lena (the radiant Erika Alexander), a concerned neighbor who works at a women's shelter, tries to help father and son mend fences, but there's only so much she can do. She's also interested in Che, and he in her, but their personalities present a more significant obstacle than race or culture. In less adept hands, La Mission could've become a preachy soap opera, but despite a few creaky plot mechanics, Bratt's attention to detail ensures that his characters register more as sympathetic individuals than stereotypes. He's aided in his efforts by strong performances, flavorful old-school funk, and camera work that celebrates the beauty of a rapidly gentrifying region. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Still love it tough... Dec 9 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I've always liked The mission. Had the previous DVd release and I've decided to upgrade for the blu-ray. Since I have a new Hd TV, I tought that the movie would look lavish, sustained by Morricone's score. This is the first time I was dissapointed. I realised that they've used special effects when they shoot someone... the splashed of blood are drawn. If it was not visible on the previous DVD release, it becaime a bit annoying watching it in HD. They should have done something regarding this. However, I still like that movie but if you want to see how a special effect is made, it's in there!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film gay intelligent July 22 2011
Format:DVD
Beaucoup de justesse de la part des acteurs, histoire captivante, certains rebondissement sont prévisibles, mais fait avec intelligence. Grand jeu des acteurs. L'histoire gay est le fil qui tient le film.
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