So in November, Luke and I went over to Australia to celebrate my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary (1,2,3... awwwww, so sweet). Anyways, on the plane we watched a fantastic movie called The Rocket, which I am now going to highly recommend so that you feel compelled to watch it.
Despite being set in Laos, The Rocket was the Australian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
Essentially it is about a boy called Ahlo who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone due to the circumstances of his birth. When Ahlo is 10, the government orders the population of their lakeside village to relocate due to the construction of a dam. They're promised that their new home will be a kind of nirvana with running water and electricity. On the way to their new home the family suffers a tragedy and their new paradise turns out to be a slum. Ahlo makes friends with Kia, a girl his own age who lives with her drunken outcast Uncle. When Ahlo hears of a local rocket competition, he decides it might be time to prove that he can bring good luck to the family as well.
Director Kim Mordaunt has created a wonderful film, and considering it's her first dramatic feature I'd say she's off to a great start. The film has a kind of feel-good vibe, but is still firmly set in reality. The children are incredible actors and the cinematography will stay with you for a long time.
Here's the trailer:
Until next time :)