The Pool

Director Chris Smith
Genre Drama
Runtime 98 minutes
Supplier The Pool Film, LLC
Festivals/Awards Special Jury Prize - Sundance Film Festival 2007
Release Date In theatres on April 3, 2009
DVD/Blu-ray available on July 13, 2010


The Pool is the story of Venkatesh, a "room boy" working at a hotel in Panjim, Goa, 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.

Special Jury Prize - Sundance Film Festival 2007

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Cast & Credits

Chai stand owner Krishna Appa
Jhangir Jhangir Badshah
Venkatesh Venkatesh Chavan
Ganga - Venkatesh's sister Ganga Chavan
Parvati - Venkatesh's sister Parvati Chavan

Press & Articles

“Critics' Pick: Another World, Just Over the Hedge” - The New York Times

“'Pool' of Deep Reflection” - The Washington Post

“Life Is Better in the Water” - New York Sun

“Queue up for ‘Pool’” - Boston Herald

“Class Dismissed” - Art Forum

“Quietly moving, and full of dark secrets” - The Boston Phoenix

“'The Pool' Review” - Entertainment Weekly

The Pool

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