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The Rocket

The Rocket
  • 2013
  • Australia
  • 96 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Kim Mordaunt
  • Written by: Kim Mordaunt
  • Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam
  • Language: Lao
  • UK release: 14 March 2014

A boy who everyone thinks is cursed sets off on a journey with his family and two friends to find a new home in war-torn Laos. Then, he starts to work on a giant rocket to enter into the Rocket Festival – to prove he's not bad luck.

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A beautifully crafted award-winning film.

Gripping yet heart-warming, The Rocket is a deeply personal story about the determination of a boy who has the odds stacked against him, set against the epic backdrop of a war-ravaged country on the brink of huge change. ​ The Rocket is one of the first feature films for international release set and shot in the intriguing and little-known country of Laos, rarely seen by the outside world since the end of the Vietnam War. With remarkable access to real rituals and festivities in the stunning mountains of Laos, The Rocket is a unique view into a world never seen on film before.

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The Rocket

26 Feb 20144 stars

A Laos-set coming-of-age fable driven by naturalistic performances

From The Raid to Metro Manila, it seems the fashion right now to see English-speaking directors head over to Asia to make films. But while the aforementioned were both thrillers, The Rocket is a very different proposition. Set in Laos, it’s a…

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