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The Pool

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at 2007 Sundance Film Festival

A filmmaker who returns to Sundance in a new guise is a familiar enough occurrence, but to return with gifts as uniquely rendered as Chris Smith has with The Pool is rare in any year. In the same vein as his latest documentary work, Smith's creative acumen focuses on the gulf between the rich and poor, sharing its insights, observations, poignancy, and truth in a deceptively simple narrative. 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. Remarkably cogent and affecting, this is inspired storytelling distinctive for its ability to transmit a complete viewpoint in just a phrase or brief conversation. Working in Hindi with young actors and in a country obviously not his own, Smith has nevertheless created a superbly incisive portrait that will take a place on a global stage. --© Official Site

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Directed by: 
Chris Smith
Running Time: 
Nana Patekar, Venkatesh Chavan, Jhangir Badshah, Ayesha Mohan
Screenplay by: 
Chris Smith, Randy Russell

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