Feelgood drama that shines

This film, by Australian documentarian Kim Mordaunt — making his narrative feature debut — is the sort of film to win the hearts of adults and children alike, despite the subtitles.

Mordaunt had previously made a documentary in Laos, Bomb Harvest, about children selling unexploded munitions for scrap metal, and remnants of that film also haunt this.

Young Ahlo (street urchin Disamoe) is born under a cloud when his mother has twins. Lao tradition holds that one twin is a good omen, while the other is under a cloud.

But Ahlo is the

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