La Mission | Mark Kilian
Benjamin Bratt stars for his brother, writer/director Peter Bratt, in the acclaimed 2009 story of an ex-convict and recovering alcoholic whose barrio-bred world view is tested when he discovers that his teenage son (Jeremy Ray Valdez) is gay.
California’s rich history of Latin music informs South African-born composer Mark Kilian’s deeply introspective and meditative score, a moody evocation of the film’s tense relationships and the inner struggles of its characters. From elegiac themes thick with traditional woodwinds, guitar, and vocals (Che’s Gift and Lovemaking) to more percussive and traditional street music (Aztec Dance and A New Man) Kilian captures both the spirit of a community and soul of its people, even going so far as to inject A.R. Rahman-style Hindi pop (Divana and Lena Rides) to provide an added layer of cultural richness and emotional depth.