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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.

Director:

Chris Smith

Writers:

Chris Smith (screenplay), Randy Russell
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Goa, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,736, 7 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,901, 30 November 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bluemark Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Soundtracks

Noite De Luar
from Goa Meu Amor (2005 album)
performed by Oslando & His Folklorists
courtesy VP Sinari & Sons
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The Pool
12 January 2014 | by shn7945See all my reviews

Beautiful movie. I am frankly really surprised at the high quality of every aspect of the filmmaking! Maybe the most 'authentic' look at people in India - and this is compared to the good (non-bollywood) movies made in India as well as movies made here about India. The sense of place is really strong. The story is completely 'real' without any tricks to make it sensational. The cinematography is really amazing, and the feel of the whole thing gentle and warm, without being hokey in any way. Using real people instead of actors is a very good idea - seeing this makes me wonder why we bother with real actors at all. :) I hope Smith paid all these people really well even though he obviously didn't make anything from it. I'm really glad that this movie is available on iTunes.


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