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Kim Mordaunt, The Rocket, 2013

The Rocket

14 Mar 201427 Mar 2014

Longlisted for this year’s Best Foreign-Language Oscar, this charming drama centres on Ahlo (Disamoe), a hapless boy from Laos who is believed in his community to be the bringer of bad luck. After a hydroelectric project leaves their village uninhabitable, he and his family set out on a calamity-prone journey in search of a new home. Determined to prove he is not the source of all disaster, Ahlo decides to compete in a dangerous competition to build a giant rocket.

Shot through with vibrant local colour, and with a flair for highlighting mischief and fun against even the most traumatic of backdrops, The Rocket is a feel-good world cinema treat, recalling the likes of Whale Rider (2002) and last year’s Wadjda in its celebration of childish tenacity and pluck.

The Rocket, dir Kim Mordaunt, Australia/Thailand/Laos 2013, 96 mins, cert 12A, Lao with English subtitles

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