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.
LA MISSION; stars Benjamin Bratt, was written and directed by his brother, which could make you a little leery, but you really shouldn’t be. It is a really interesting movie with a lot of heart and a lot of sensibility. Could move a little faster and smoothly, but it’s still worth your time and attention. The story is of a Latino father — actually, he’s from Mexico, living South of Market in San Francisco with a son who’s gay and what happens. It’s a lot about Mexican culture in San Francisco and having lived there, I can tell you it’s really accurate and fairly colorful, but it really does have a lot of heart and is worth your time. Three and a half stars.