The Pool (2008)



Critic Consensus: Beautifully crafted with loosely drawn characters and a lilting, natural pace, Chris Smith's The Pool features a universal message to which everyone can relate.

Movie Info

American Movie director Chris Smith makes the shift from documentary specialist to feature-film director with this Hindi-language drama concerning a young hotel employee whose obsession with an opulent swimming pool at a nearby house gradually turns his life upside down. The affluent hills of Panjim, Goa, in India are the absolute lap of luxury, and when a young boy working at a nearby hotel discovers an extravagant swimming pool, his awe is soon offset by the arrival of a mysterious family at … More

Rating: R (for strong violence/gore, language, substance abuse and brief sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Smith, Randy Russell
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On DVD: Feb 5, 2013
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Critic Reviews for The Pool

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (21)

Patekar's ability to convey stoic forbearance with so little apparent effort, is one of the marvellous rewards of this intricately textured and compelling film.

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
Toronto Star
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A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor.

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
Globe and Mail
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Reality and fiction fuse like watercolors in this quietly compelling narrative feature.

Full Review… | December 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
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It's a movie about a time, a place and a situation that isn't going to change soon. [Director] Smith takes his time to establish the people, the landscape and the striking contrast between the lives of the very rich and the very poor.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Seattle Times
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It's a bit schematic and sweet-natured, perhaps to a fault, yet the faces linger.

Full Review… | October 20, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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By pushing himself far outside his Midwestern comfort zone and working with non-actors in a language he doesn't speak, Smith has created a fable with universal appeal.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for The Pool


This is an interesting fictional story. There is no melodrama whatsoever. The look at life in the rural and poor urban parts of India is fascinating, but I dont feel that they are enough to hold my interest for further viewings. If youre looking for entertainment, this is not it. However, if youre in search of an honest portrayal of survival on the streets of an Indian city, you will find it here.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "The Pool," Venkatesh(Venkatesh Chavan) is an 18-year old hotel worker whose dreams are too ambitious for his lack of an education. In the meantime, he sells plastic bags with his 11-year old friend, Jhangir(Jhangir Badshah), who works in a restaurant. Together, they often go to a large abandoned house on the edge of the city and dream of swimming in the pool there. One day, they find the occupants returned, a middle-aged man(Nana Patekar) and his young daughter, Ayesha(Ayesha Mohan).[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Pool" is a fine but insubstantial movie that has more of a message than any kind of plot. It is mostly concerned with the issue of children in India being forced to grow up too quickly, many with little or no education. But the film's structure betrays this by simply going in circles, repeating the endless cycle of the boys' lives. And the jump cutting gives the movie an unnecessarily artsy feel.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The use of young Indian actors playing a version of themselves results in a film with a large dose of realism. You almost feel as though you have a fly's view of how the working poor of Goa survive and their relationship with those more prosperous. What appears to be a poor distribution deal makes this a hard film to find. Grab it if you can.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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