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Rated NR · 96 minutes · 2014

Drama
Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), a boy living in Laos with his family, is forced to leave his homeland and search for a new home. Along the way, tragedy strikes and his superstitious grandmother dubs him bad luck because he was a twin. Ahlo, with the help of Purple (Thep Pho-Ngam), an alcoholic fellow refugee who models himself after James Brown, seeks redemption through a rocket-building contest that can win him and his family new land and money. The movie, by director Kim Mordaunt, is drawing many comparisons to Beasts of the Southern Wild, and the comparisons are appropriate. There’s a strong child’s performance at its center, and the central character deals with similar tragedies and predicaments. Comparisons considered, it has enough unique qualities to distinguish itself, especially the strange James Brown guy. And Disamoe is especially good.
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Producer: Bridget Ikin and Sylvia Wilczynski
Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Alice Keohavong, Thep Phongam, Sumrit Warin and Bunsri Yindi

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East Bay Express The Rocket Go play with gunpowder, kid. by Kelly Vance 03/05/2014

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