LA MIS­SION

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Ac­tor Ben­jamin Bratt teams up with his brother, di­rec­tor Peter Bratt, for this brac­ing tale of lowrid­ers, gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, and fa­ther-son con­flict in San Fran­cisco’s Mis­sion neigh­bor­hood. Ma­cho, ’70s-style Latino ex-con Che Rivera (Ben­jamin Bratt) finds out that his teenage son Jesse (Santa Fe na­tive Jeremy Ray Valdez) is gay. Flip­ping the script on the tra­di­tional com­ing-out story, Jesse is com­fort­able with his iden­tity and mas­culin­ity while his fa­ther gets vi­o­lent and seems to come apart at the seams. Che’s strug­gle to do the right thing is am­pli­fied by the Bratt broth­ers’ re­al­is­tic feel for the cars, streets, and young peo­ple of the neigh­bor­hood. Rated R. 117 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Casey Sanchez)

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