La Mission

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Released 2009

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Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Ex-convict and recovering alcoholic Che (Benjamin Bratt) gets by on his macho persona, but lives for the love of his son Jesse (Jeremy Ray Valdez). When he discovers that Jesse has been living a secret life, Che reacts violently and is forced to examine his actions and the life he lives. Powerful and challenging, La Mission is a moving portrayal of redemption and fatherhood.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    The film oozes with authenticity -- sometimes a bit too much so -- and a genuine passion for the gritty, colorful, proud neighborhood that's still a few steps behind the progressiv...

  • 50

    The New York Times

    The distinguished cinematographer Hiro Narita ("Never Cry Wolf") captures the hard San Francisco light and the burnished glow of the beautifully painted cars. Unfortunately, this c...

  • 50

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Rather predictable in its major plot points and social-issue pleadings, the picture is better suited to cable than the big screen, but nonetheless offers solid drama with nice stre...

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    Independent, Gay & Lesbian, Social Issues