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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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
A bit slow to develop, but still worth every minute. Brilliant. BTW many of the details listed below are in error. Run time 1:38, NR, warrants only a PG.
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.
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.
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