Out this week: La Mission

La Mission is the very ordinary story of a working class homophobic father who discovers his son’s homosexuality; you’ve seen it before.   But La Mission is also an authentic slice of San Francisco’s Mission District culture and the low-riding subculture.  It’s not often that you see a movie about Chicano culture that rings true, and never Northern California Chicano culture.  It stars Benjamin Bratt and and is written/directed by Bratt’s brother; the Bratt brothers grew up in San Francisco, and their childhood pays off in an uncommonly genuine film.  There is some mystical Aztec stuff, but the film generally treats the culture unpretentiously – low-riders do what they do because they dig cars and it’s fun!  Erika Alexander is very good as Benjamin Bratt’s neighbor.  Here’s the trailer:

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