Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s award-winning drama about life — dealing with what life throws your way — in the Bronx, Gun Hill Road, will be making its DVD debut on Mar. 5 courtesy of Virgil Films & Entertainment.
The ARR is a leisurely 578 days and the box office take in the film’s limited run was $148,994.
Enrique (Esai Morales — La Bamba, plus numerous TV series … NYPD Blue, Vanished, Jericho, Fairly Legal, etc.) is fresh from a three-year jolt in prison and back home in the Bronx. Life there would be tough enough, but he soon learns that his wife (Judy Reyes — Scrubs) is having an affair … and, worst yet, for a tough-as-nails felon it comes as quite a jolt that his teenage son, Michael (played brilliantly by Harmony Santana), is a blossoming transgender and into crossdressing.
Filmmaker Green could have taken the film in a number of directions. Salacious, brutal, depressing … it is a long list of choices. Instead he elected to focus on the relationship between the father and son, which makes for a compelling film (hence the festival awards and recognition).
It comes as no surprise that Enrique’s first reaction is to “correct” Michael’s behavior, which pretty much means molding him into a junior version of himself. Its only when he realizes that his life isn’t all that great that he begins to accept his son for who he is … it is not an easy path.
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