The Pool

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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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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 the home. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for The Pool

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  • It tells you a lot about South India, its essentially rural culture and the stifling poverty of its underclass.

    Nov 16, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Smith's film is natural and unforced, with a winning fluency and calm observational style.

    Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Hopefully Smith will make more movies in this laid-back, poetic style.

    Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 3, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor.

    Apr 3, 2009 | Rating: 4/4
  • Reality and fiction fuse like watercolors in this quietly compelling narrative feature.

    Dec 17, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pool

  • Nov 16, 2010
    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
  • Apr 13, 2009
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2008
    [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][/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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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