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.
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Critic Reviews for The Pool
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.
A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor.
Reality and fiction fuse like watercolors in this quietly compelling narrative feature.
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.
It's a bit schematic and sweet-natured, perhaps to a fault, yet the faces linger.
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.
[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]
[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]
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.
The Pool Quotes
|Nana:||So, suppose I gave you and your sister a hundred rupees each. And I say, go to the market and buy yourself something. She buys a frock for herself and you buy a shirt for yourself. Now, let's say you bought something and your sister asks to see it. You tell her to go first. She shows a shirt that she has bought for you. And, then you smiles and shows her a frock that you have bought for her. Either way you were going to get a shirt and she a frock. But the feeling you get from giving... It's magic.|
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