Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

12.30AM, SBS ★★★★

Set the recorder. A tough-skinned, yet ten­der-hearted com­ing-of-age drama, The Rocket launches it­self in view­ers’ af­fec­tions, and re­mains there. Filmed in the war-rav­aged na­tion of Laos by Aus­tralian film­maker Kim Mour­dant, this is the story of a young lad named Ahlo (Sit­thiphon Disamoe). A re­source­ful child, Ahlo was born a twin, a sta­tus which has cast a long shadow over his short life (in Lao­tian cul­ture, it is be­lieved one twin is good and the other is evil). This one lit­tle boy must prove the fates wrong, and The Rocket of­fers an ir­re­sistible ground-level view of the moun­tain­ous quest be­fore him.

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