Che Rivera (Bratt) is a hot-tempered ex-con, recovering alcoholic widower who's gone straight with a job as a bus driver. He lives in San Francisco's Mission District barrio with his honor student, college-bound son Jesse (Valdez). But when Che finds out that Jesse is gay, the fierce machismo he's grown up with can't accept the fact, so he beats Jesse before throwing him out of the house. Jesse's taken in by his Uncle Rene (Borrego) but it becomes common neighborhood gossip, which leads to further violence. Benjamin and his writer/director brother Peter Bratt grew up in and around the Mission district so there's a certain authenticity in a rather familiar plot.
La Mission is a well-intentioned film that nonetheless falls head first into the kind of surface-level clichés and stereotypes that are usually reserved for basic cable TV movies. A few decent performances save it from unbearable melodrama and the film has an easygoing pace and rhythm not unlike the ...Read More