The Pool
The Pool (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Greg Quill
Toronto Star

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

Alistair Harkness

Though plot-wise nothing much happens, Smith elicits strong sense of place and teases out the film's themes ...

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's a bit schematic and sweet-natured, perhaps to a fault, yet the faces linger.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

It's a subtle, truthful, moving story of class, ambition, friendship and romantic yearning, extremely well acted by a largely non-professional cast.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Reality and fiction fuse like watercolors in this quietly compelling narrative feature.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

[A] wholly unobjectionable, likeably performed but faintly soporific drama ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
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… More
Walter M.
[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… More
John Ballantine
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… More