About the Movie
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him 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 the legacy of war, to prove he's not cursed he builds a giant rocket to enter the most dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. Set in the rarely seen tribal mountains of Laos, The Rocket is gripping yet heartwarming cinema in the vein of the Oscar winning Salaam Bombay, Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries and the kids' story in Slumdog Millionaire, with a touch of Little Miss Sunshine. It is a universal story about the determination of a boy who has the odds stacked against him, about overcoming self-doubt, about forgiveness and the power of unconditional love.The Rocket stars acclaimed Thai/Lao actor Thep Po-ngarm in the role of a damaged but humorous former CIA soldier who becomes a mentor to our young hero.
Triumph of the optimist
Kim Mordaunt, in his debut feature film, delivers a thoroughly satisfying and plausible tale of a young boy triumphing over difficult circumstances. While a story suitable for young people as an exemplary model about determination and persistence, The Rocket is also a joy for all audiences as it takes us on a journey through contemporary Laotian culture. While unflinching in the face of the evidence of the great harm the decades of war in the Indochinese region have created for the Lao, the film chooses to emphasise the resilience and the joyous spirit that has allowed so many of the people in this region to recover from seemingly insurmountable destruction and devastation.
Great piece of film making. Well worth watching. Entertaining, funny, heart warming and it tells a great story about Laos and its people.