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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 55
- Fresh: 53
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A pretty, somewhat sleepy and finally strange once-upon-a-time tale...
Fresh: The adventures of a 10-year-old Laotian boy are subject to radically different interpretations in The Rocket, Australian documentarian Kim Mordaunt's impressive narrative debut.
Fresh: Mordaunt doesn't always succeed at balancing the sentimental, the political and the ethnographic, but at its strongest the story is a seamless melding of history's dark undertow and a child's indefatigable optimism.
Fresh: Formulaic but likeable.
A very impressive movie and one of the best who I saw at the 62. Berlinale, Still hope that this movie will found back to the german cinemas and can’t await to see it again.
The cinematography is quite impressive and the actors play their roles very well, especially the husband and his mother. A must see for a feel-good movie!
Bring Laos to the big screen
A dramatic and fun story framed in Laos that accurately shows the struggles of the people that live there.