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Review: 'The Rocket' soars at points
Review: 'The Rocket' soars at points

"The Rocket" winds through the mountains of northern Laos, the contemporary drama carrying a touch of fable and a powerful sense of place. Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), the 10-year-old at the center of the movie, makes an appealing rooting interest, not only because he's sparky and resourceful but also because he challenges the superstitious antipathy of his grandmother, who believes he's cursed. Displaced from their village by a dam project — after viewing a heartlessly chipper corporate video on the wonders of relocation — Ahlo and his family find themselves in a barren field of tents. It's a place they soon leave, accompanied by the boy's fearless new friend (Loungnam Kaosainam) and...

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