Jump to content

Sunday Movie - 1pm at Fènix Cafe (BCP Center) - The Rocket" (Laos - 2013)


Recommended Posts

Our weekly matinee films start at 1pm at The Fènix Cafe - which is a restaurant, so please, don't bring outside food and drinks to the event.  Rather, support our film series by patronizing the Cafe, and be sure to say hello to Joy Alexander, the owner of the Fénix Cafe, and Ana, her cook/waitress.   Breakfast, lunch, popcorn and desserts - as well as coffee, espresso drinks, herbal teas, beer, wine and mixed drinks - will be available for purchase. 

Early birds get the comfy sofas, but if you like, you can bring cushions for the hard restaurant chairs, or folding/camp chairs for more comfort. There is no admission charge, but we ask for voluntary donations to support the program and help pay for the video system. 


Upcoming films (we will send out details for each movie the week before the screening): 


  • June 25: Kurosawa's "Dreams" (Japan - 1990)
  • July 2:  Waking Ned Devine (Irish Comedy - (1998)




"The Rocket" (Australian - Laos - 2013)   Rated PG
(Because the language of the film is Laotian, the subtitles will be in English.) 

Link to trailer  

Description:  This delightful film is what I call a "full spectrum" drama that covers the whole range of emotions from tragedy to pure joy, from serious moments to laughter-inducing comedy, and everything in between.  Again, via excellent cinematography, we will become intimately familiar with a gorgeous region of the world that most of us know little or nothing about.  It's not an academy award winner - but yet I feel that it is well worth watching. 

David Van Harn 
Boquete Film Club Curator 

From the IMDB website: 
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. 

From Rotten Tomatoes: 
A powerful, deeply moving drama about a young boy who comes to terms with the tragedies that have befallen his family by creating a thing of beauty - a gorgeous, high-flying rocket emitting triumphant bursts of color - out of refuse left by the war. 
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.

Edited by NewsLady
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...