We live our lives obsessing over new Star Wars movies, mobile phones, video games and different marijuana strains and all that time people that live in other countries are dealing with raw life. Much like The Beautiful Country, this movie takes you to a different world. This is not just a visually different world, but a completely unique place in space and time, where people care about different things. This will change your perspective about a lot of things and it’s exactly the type of movie that you can rant on and on about to your hipster friends. Breathtaking nature, destinies set by primitive beliefs that still count the most and more importantly extremely lovable characters of The Rocket will capture your heart. The main story is as tragic (tragic) and as simple as they get.

The_Rocket_posterDeep in the mountains of Laos, Mali gives birth to twins. Unfortunately, one of them dies, which is considered a bad omen, so the living twin Ahlo is now faced with a lifetime of blame. However this is not the worst thing that’s going to happen to him as new dam cuts right through his village and he’s forced to leave his home. Placed in a make-shift camp, the family is torn with sadness and despair. Soon, they leave the camp in search of better life, roaming through post-war Laos ridden with mines and unexploded bombs.

War, war never changes. And here, as well as elsewhere, we see its terrible consequences. Just imagine how many places are filled with mine fields and other contraptions used during combat. When you add “booming economy” to this, you get the stick, as well as the little guy living anywhere else on planet. It’s just so damn unfair. Back to the movie; yes this is quite depressing so far, but trust me, it will grow on you and you will accept its depression just as a fact of life, especially towards the second part of the movie that’s much more positive and hopeful. Camera-work is not so great and pacing along with accenting is a bit wobbly, but these are just small flaws, compared to the overall vibe…

Director: Kim Mordaunt

Writer: Kim Mordaunt

Cast: Boonsri Yindee, Alice Keohavong, Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Sumrit Warin

Fun Facts: Official submission of Australia to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2178256/

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