“BAD LUCKY GOAT”— A Brother, A Sister and A Goat


A Brother, A Sister and A Goat

Amos Lassen

After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father’s truck, two teenagers embark on a journey of reconciliation and comedic misadventure along Colombia’s Caribbean coast. With no money, Cornelius “Corn” Denton (Honlenny Huffington) and his older sister, Rita (Kiara Howard), have to find a way to get the damaged truck fixed in time to pick up the tourists that will be staying at their family’s hotel. As they struggle to conceal the accident, the two siblings visit a butcher, rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor during 24-hour odyssey around Port Paradise.    

Like any adolescent family members, brother and sister constantly bicker and can’t stand one another, but they have to work together or else they will have severe penalties from their parents for damaging their car. This is a typical coming of age comedy that beautifully the cultural atmosphere and folklore of its Columbian locale.

Director Samir Oliveros gives us a zany and quirky story in a deliberate and relaxed tone. Rita and Corn bounce from a collection of colorful encounters with various locals— witch doctors, bumbling cops, shady butchers, and pawn shop operators. These cause reality to be obscured.

Corn is a teen trying to earn money for his new band and he and his older sister Rita are to pick up some market items. Along the way they kill a goat. This is the premise of the film.

After the death of the innocent animal, Corn and Rita must figure out what to do. Later the truck is to be used to pick up tourists who will be staying at their family’s hotel and they know that this cannot be done in a truck with a busted fender. Neither has any money, so they must funds needed to repair the truck. As if that is not enough, they are forced to spend the day together under adverse conditions, Corn and Rita get to know each other as they never have before. The dialogue is witty and the young actors give authentic performances.

“Bad Lucky Goat” is lively, funny and thoughtful. I could not help but think about my own teen years with both regret and appreciation.

The film is unpredictable because it doesn’t seem to follow any known rules.The island backdrop is gorgeous, the weather is beautiful and the film is an unexpected surprise that is sporadic yet thoughtful.

There is a bonus on the DVD— a short film, “Miss World” about a young woman comes home to Taiwan, to say goodbye to her father before he goes to prison. 

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