Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 10, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Pool

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
98 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/03/08
performer
Nana Patekar, Venkatesh Chavan, Ayesha Mohan
director
Chris Smith
distributor
Vitagraph Films
author
Chris Smith
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an A-

The resonant, beautifully naturalistic drama The Pool is a return to the familiar subject of haves and have-nots for director Chris Smith (American Job, American Movie): A poor young man (newcomer Chavan) becomes entranced by the swimming pool of a rich man (veteran star Patekar) and begins to work in the owner’s garden. But in a winning gamble for such an American filmmaker, Smith transfers an Iowa-based short story by Randy Russell to India’s western Goa region — and works in Hindi, primarily with novice actors. The result is a story both authentically specific and profoundly global. A-

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