`` La Mission `` By Peter Bratt

1668 Words Mar 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Family, a word comprised of parents, brother and sisters. A place where you belong and fit in, where you feel most at ease, where you can just be you with no consequences, no malice, you are accepted for you. For some individuals, this is family, but for some, like the family in “La Mission”, a film by Peter Bratt, family is conditional so long as you abide by cultures strict rules. The film tells the story of Che Rivera, a single dad who is an ex-convict and a recovering alcoholic turned city bus driver who tries to do right by his teenage son, Jess, who is an extremely smart kid who plans on attending UCLA and spends all his time studying rather than rolling with the wrong crowd. Che is a tough guy, who is prone to violent behaviors and is extremely proud of his Hispanic heritage. Jess also looks the part of a rough kid, but is actually the opposite of his father, very intelligent, and kind. The two are best friends, they are each other’s rock, both love low rider cars, and both are surrounded by a loving family full of friends played by an excellent supporting cast. Everything seems to be going fine until Che discovers some pictures on Jess’s desk revealing that Jess is gay, and has a white boyfriend. This is when Che shows his violent nature, even going so far as to hit Jess and momentarily disown him, all in front of their family and their rough neighborhood, outing Jess in the process of this horrendous fight.
The setting of the movie is a modern San Francisco, which…

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