Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Rocket

Director: Kim Mordaunt

Starring: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Keohavong

Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) is ten years old and the surviving twin. Local Laos customs dictate he should have been killed at birth otherwise he would bring bad luck to the village. His mother (Alice Keohavong) flatly rejected the custom and decided to bring him up. Ahlo’s grandmother (Bunsri Yindi), is the only other person aware of the circumstances of his birth, continues to be the boy’s harshest critic. When personal disaster strikes the family the grandmother reveals his secret to his hitherto unaware father (Sumrit Warin), arousing conflicting emotions in the stalwart paterfamilias. Ahlo’s village is forced to abandon their ancestral home to make way for a dam. The villages are promised to be relocated to a new town called Paradise but must live in squalid conditions meantime. After Ahlo provides his friends with an electrical supply the entire family is driven from their jerrybuilt home, hitching a ride on a cartful of the unexploded bombs that litter the countryside. When the young larrikin discovers a local village holds an annual rocket-launching contest with a large cash prize he decides to prove he is not the cause of all disasters and win the cash prize for his family. Endearing, gripping and heartwarming coming of age film which is pretty intense, even for adults. Well worth seeing.

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