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The Pool

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Chris Smith
Country of origin and year
USA 2007
94 minutes
Rated 12A - Contains one use of strong language
Cast: Venkatesh Chavan, Jhangir Badshah, Nana Patekar, Ayesha Mohan.

Hindi with English subtitles

Filmmaker Chris Smith, director of offbeat, winning documentaries such as American Movie and The Yes Men has ventured far afield with his feature debut, The Pool, a slice of life drama with a hint of mystery.

Smith's beguiling film, based on a short story by his co-screenwriter Randy Russell, is set in Goa, India. It follows the day to day existence of Venkatesh, a self-contained teenage boy who works in a hotel doing manual labour. His only friend is the 11-year-old Jhangir, who works in a restaurant. The two also have a joint business – selling shopping bags on the street. As often as possible Venkatesh climbs a mango tree to observe an overgrown garden which surrounds a swimming pool, hidden behind a fence. The occupants of the house, an older man and his daughter, never swim in the pool, though the man sits in a chair contemplating the cool water. As the film progresses Venkatesh becomes enmeshed in the lives of the man and his daughter and, as he slowly gains their trust, he learns their secrets.

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