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The Pool (2007)

Unrated | | Drama | January 2007 (USA)
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A boy in abject poverty works in a hotel and becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa, India. His life gets turned upside-down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family who lives at the house.



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Credited cast:
Venkatesh Chavan ...
Jhangir Badshah ...
Ayesha Mohan ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Krishna Appa ...
Chai stand owner
Ganga Chavan ...
Ganga - Venkatesh's sister
Parvati Chavan ...
Parvati - Venkatesh's sister
Somawa Chavan ...
Venkatesh's mom
Keshav Dalasi ...
Room boy
Sheikh Abdul Gaffar ...
Bag seller
Pandari Gosavi ...
New room boy
Mahesh Gowas ...
Boy in alley
Prakash Gowas ...
Laundry guy
Raghunath Gobind Kabadia ...
Guy at sign
Vikram Keni ...


Coming of age. Venkatesh is 18, illiterate; he cleans hotel rooms in Panjim, Goa, and sells plastic bags on the street with his 10-year-old partner, Jhangir, an enterprising orphan. He's fascinated by the swimming pool on a vacant estate, and when the owner shows up from Bombay with his teen daughter, Venkatesh watches them from a tree and follows the girl when she's out. He and Jhangir start a friendship with her. The father and daughter are at odds, hardly speaking; tragedy is in their past. Venkatesh helps the father in the garden; short, odd conversations evolve into a gruff offering of a job and schooling in Bombay. What will Venkatesh do with this opportunity? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$7,736 (USA) (5 September 2008)


$94,901 (USA) (28 November 2008)

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When The Pool didn't get into the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, which had been the plan, the director decided to re-edit the film. About 9 minutes was cut. See more »


from Goa Meu Amor (2005 album)
performed by Oslando & His Folklorists
courtesy VP Sinari & Sons
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The Pool
10 October 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Pool is by an American director, but takes place in India and had it's original English screenplay translated into Hindi with the end result having English subtitles. The film is a look at a couple of youth living in India and how they go about their everyday lives. The main character is Venkatesh who he says is about 18 years old and he lives alone in a bigger city and does various small jobs throughout the different days of the week to support himself and send money back home to his mother and siblings. We are also introduced to his much younger friend Jhangir who sells plastic bags on the street with him and after time the two of them have become best friends. After being fascinated by a beautiful summer house and swimming pool in a certain area of town, Venkatesh eventually gets to meet the owner and his daughter and soon gets a job cleaning up the garden and maintaining the property while they are there for the summer. The plot might sound simple enough and The Pool is definitely not a complicated film, but when you have watched the film and start to think about the different characters and their actions and decisions they have done in the film as well as their behaviours and what they said, really opens up a whole new way of looking at the film and it's characters. Everything here is analyzed and constructed very well. After awhile we feel like we have gotten to know the characters really well and at times they seem like people who we have probably known in our own lives at one point, or another because they seem so real and there is nothing exaggerated or over the top about them. The teenagers act like teenagers and the adults like adults. I know that is a very brief interpretation, but if you choose to see the film, I think you would agree that the way the characters are written are very comparable to a lot of people out there and like I said it could (depending on your age) remind you of yourself at certain time periods in your life. The film just had an authentic feel to it about it, whether with the dialogue of the characters or some of the grittier areas of town they are in to the story itself which is ultimately about one's survival in a big world and staying true to the things that matter to you and ultimately trying to better yourself for the big wide world out there. The film does have an authentic look to it, like I mentioned earlier, but it also has some scenes of great beauty and tranquility. The scenes in the garden of the summer house, or just some of the areas the teenagers go to are overgrown with beautiful plants and flowers and even though it is just a film it gives you a pleasing feeling watching it also because of the low key and slower paced parts of the film that make it seem like a very gentle and peaceful film. There are some sad elements to the film here, but overall I would not say it is a depressing one. I think for me the film offered a bit of hope to some of these characters and that some of the others may have to work on things a little more in order to achieve happiness, or what they want, but it is not unattainable. This is a film that left me thinking about it after I saw it and I really enjoyed some of the natural dialogue, the wonderfully written characters and the slower paced yet tranquil and beautiful aspects of some of the film's story, characters and scenery. If all of what I just described sounds the least bit interesting to you, then I recommend you see The Pool because it is masterfully done film with a lot of talent behind it and I am sure with the right audience it will be a hit.

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