The Pool
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Though plot-wise nothing much happens, Smith elicits strong sense of place and teases out the film's themes ..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"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"
‑ Rich Cline,
"Smith's film is natural and unforced, with a winning fluency and calm observational style."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"It's a bit schematic and sweet-natured, perhaps to a fault, yet the faces linger."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It's a subtle, truthful, moving story of class, ambition, friendship and romantic yearning, extremely well acted by a largely non-professional cast."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Hopefully Smith will make more movies in this laid-back, poetic style."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Reality and fiction fuse like watercolors in this quietly compelling narrative feature."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[A] wholly unobjectionable, likeably performed but faintly soporific drama ..."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It tells you a lot about South India, its essentially rural culture and the stifling poverty of its underclass."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Here are filigree detailing, pure-and-simple performances (especially from Venkatesh Chavan as the boy) and a subtly lambent moral tale ..."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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