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A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy builds a giant rocket to prove he's not cursed and to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: a rocket festival.
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This is the second time that director Kim Mordant addressed the issue of UXOs left by armed forces after a war they leave the first time he used a documentary format but this time he uses drama.
His grandmother believes that Ahlo was born under a bad sign. It's an unfair world but as many young boys do Ahlo tries his best to help his family and neighbors. But those attempts fail.
He tries to gets by with a little help from his friend Kia who is bearing her own cross and The Godfather of Soul’s greatest Laotian fan. Everyone has endured some horrible tragedy but they continue to persevere. Even with all the strikes against them Ahlo and Kia develop a genuine friendship and show great warmth that emanates from the screen in spite of the difference in language.
Ahlo sees the last chance to help his family find a home and escape the stigma that he is shackled with by entering a rocket building contest hence the title, but it’s a guarantee that he’ll do well. The subject matter is deadly serious, but the film is family friendly although I would caution parents to watch it first due a particular scene.
Story – Draws you in and makes you care for the characters.
Acting – When are they going to have a best acting category for kids?
Visuals – A beautifully filmed movie.
Soundtrack – Ambient sounds and music add to the film.
The positive notes in this movie are how people who live at the poverty line can still find happiness and be bound as a community by common activities.
The negative notes, which the movie fully intended to bring up, is how superstition and ignorance can make a simple problem nearly impossible to deal with.
brutal, kind, interesting , dramatic . . . the scenery alone was breathtaking and the photography excellent . . . with good music
and it was generally the best film I have scene for ages. I viewed it twice . . . because there was so much to take in . . .
It touches one's heart . . .
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