Redux: Ben Bratt in “La Mission” – movie about homophobia and other stuff in a sliver of the diverse Latino culture – and a post about to what degree Latino movie goers might respond to it


On April 11, 2010, a post ran here about the movie “La Mission”, starring Benjamin Bratt and directed by his brother Peter…  There had been a write-up about the film in the Los Angeles TIMES the previous dayBratt...

In the post it was indicated that in the past, according to some actors (not Ben Bratt),  it appeared that movies with mainly Black Americans in the cast were supported to a larger extent by the Black community, than the Latino community supported movies about their own community that had predominantly Latino American casts…  The assumption obviously is debatable…

But if the assumption is valid, it might be because in the Latino community in the USA there might be more variances or nuances than there are in the American Black experience…  Maybe within the Black culture there is more commonality than there is in the Latino community — within the Latino segment, for example, among  Guatemalan Americans, Cuban Americans, Mexican Americans, Chilean Americans (and many other American Latinos), there might be more differences than there are within the Black community…  So, just because a movie might be a Latino film, does not mean it would be one with whom all Latino American groups would identify…    

Returning to the film, according to the Los Angeles TIMES article, “La Mission” deals with such taboo topics as… ” …the emotional thickets of homophobia, ethnic identity, domestic violence, and generational conflict. … 

Ben Bratt as macho Che Rivera, a middle-aged ex gang member single father — of an 18 year old son who is involved in a homosexual relationship — reacts with a volcanic temper when his son’s true self comes out.  The brothers Bratt apparently made the movie in part because certain topics within the Latino community (such as a parent’s homophobic reaction to a homosexual child) have not been dealt with much in movies…   

At the particular film viewing yesterday, the matinee audience was almost all Hispanic/Latino and the theater was 1/5 full…  Remains to be seen how well the movie does in ticket sales among Hispanics/Latinos and overall, what coverage it will receive from Television and what impact it might have on Latino families in which  a child comes out.]

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