The Pool (Subtitled)
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The Pool is the story of Venkatesh, a hotel worker in India, who sees from his perch in a mango tree a luxuriant garden and shimmering pool hidden behind a wall. In making whatever efforts he can to better himself, Venkatesh offers his services to the wealthy owner of the home. Not content to simply dream about a different life, Venkatesh is inquisitive about the home's inhabitants -- indeed, about the world around him -- and his curiosity changes the shape of his future.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 47
- Fresh: 45
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The resonant, beautifully naturalistic drama The Pool is a return to the familiar subject of haves and have-nots for director Chris Smith.
Fresh: For his keenly observant narrative feature debut, documentary filmmaker Chris Smith and writer Randy Russell have deftly transposed Russell's short story The Pool from Iowa to the Indian state of Goa, in the small city of Panjim.
Fresh: A lovely, warm, unforced film that gives you time to get to know its characters and isn't propelled by any artificial narrative conventions, or for that matter by any Dickensian social outrage.
Fresh: It's a bit schematic and sweet-natured, perhaps to a fault, yet the faces linger.