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Benjamin Bratt

'Mission' is not accomplished

The mixed report on "La Mission" is that writer-director Peter Bratt doesn't really know how to make pictures, but he does know the central character in his movie. He knows him inside out, knows what's good about him, knows what's scary about him, knows how difficult it can be to talk to him.

Benjamin Bratt, who plays the role, also understands this character, Che, a Mexican American patriarch who drives the 14-Mission bus in San Francisco. He's a tough guy with lots of tattoos, a recovering alcoholic with a prison record and religious icons all over his apartment. He is devoted to his college-age son (Jeremy Ray Valdez), but he doesn't know that his son, Jesse, is gay....