Thursday, April 8, 2010
Bratt brothers' LA MISSION opens: conventionality raised to a high level indeed
THE MISSION is concerned. Written and directed by Peter Bratt (shown below) and starring his brother, the better-known Benjamin Bratt, the film is indeed conventional in some ways. It tells the tale of a Latino widower who labors as a San Francisco bus driver (the film is set in the city's Mission district, which has a long and storied Hispanic past) who is raising a good-looking and popular teenage son.
lowrider" car culture -- which is fascinating fun. And the supporting cast -- from Erika Alexander (above) as Bratt's neighbor and possible love interest to Jeremy Ray Valdez (below) as his son "Jes" -- is first-rate. If the symbolism gets a little heavy at times, the emotional power the film wields never slackens. By the time the end credits roll, you'll have lived through quite a journey.
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