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The Pool Reviews

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December 17, 2012
Though plot-wise nothing much happens, Smith elicits strong sense of place and teases out the film's themes ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 18, 2012
It's a subtle, truthful, moving story of class, ambition, friendship and romantic yearning, extremely well acted by a largely non-professional cast.
November 16, 2012
[A] wholly unobjectionable, likeably performed but faintly soporific drama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2012
Shot with a level of realism we rarely seen in Indian cinema, this film combines sharply engaging characters with an involving story that really gets under the skin. A
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2012
Told with real warmth and charm, this is a confidently handled tale boosted by natural, engaging performances from Venkatesh and Jahangir Badshah as his young friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2012
It tells you a lot about South India, its essentially rural culture and the stifling poverty of its underclass.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2012
Smith's film is natural and unforced, with a winning fluency and calm observational style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2012
Hopefully Smith will make more movies in this laid-back, poetic style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2012
Here are filigree detailing, pure-and-simple performances (especially from Venkatesh Chavan as the boy) and a subtly lambent moral tale ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2012
A fascinating narrative set in modern-day Indian and full of insights into a class-riven country.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 13, 2012
It tells a tale so sweetly elemental and classic that it could pretty much have happened along at any point in storytelling history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 31, 2010
Satisfying tale of marginalized youth struggling to survive alone in a cold world and dreaming of success despite all odds against them.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 16, 2009
Shimmers silently. A quietly remarkable film, for its seeming simplicity, its careful rhythms, and its interest in a place and its spirit.
April 3, 2009
The Pool is beautiful to look at, and, for what it conveys about human nature, to experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 3, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2009
A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 15, 2009
worth seeing, primarily for its beautiful Goa setting
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 17, 2008
Reality and fiction fuse like watercolors in this quietly compelling narrative feature.
October 31, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 24, 2008
Based on a story by Randy Russell, The Pool is a low-key film that often feels like a documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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