Follow Me Home

on February 28, 1997 by Alex Albanese
   This first feature by independent filmmaker Peter Bratt is an overtly political look at race relations and issues of cultural colonialism in American society. Made on a microbudget, "Follow Me Home" still has a look and level of technical polish that rivals mainstream product; it also has a few mainstream problems.
   The story centers on a road trip taken by four street artists (two Latino, one American Indian, one black). Bratt's simple but effective conceit is to have all the "bad guys" they encounter be white. Nothing happens in the narrative that's implausible, but the believability and dramatic impact of many scenes are hampered by uneven levels of acting ability. Outstanding turns are provided by Alfre Woodard and Benjamin Bratt (fans of his TV show "Law and Order" will have trouble even recognizing him), but Jesse Borrego's performance is a textbook example of the forced over-earnestness that a limited actor falls into when telegraphing important message to the audience.
   Equally dreadful are a series of heavy-handed black-and-white fantasy scenes that feature Borrego and a fat, rich, powerful, middle-aged white man in a powdered wig. Every point director/writer/producer Bratt hectors in these over-specific allegorical asides has already been neatly made in the interesting, often amusing and insightfully written interaction among his characters. He should trust his dramatic abilities and his audience a bit more. Starring Alfre Woodard, Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrego and Steve Reevis. Directed, written and produced by Peter Bratt. A New Millenia release. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 120 min.
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