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The pool


Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, The Pool was also selected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York as one of the Best Films of 2008 alongside The Dark Knight, Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Iron Man and Wall-E.


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

"A Triumph! Exquisite... Deeply Moving."

Time Out NY

"Critic's Pick! Gorgeous!"

Stephen Holden, New York Times


Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"97% Fresh!"

Rotten Tomatoes

"A-. Resonant (and) beautifully naturalistic."

Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"Vivid... Refreshing... Funny!"

Scott Tobias, The Onion

"Outstanding... Lovely... A Delight!"

Sheri Linden, Chicago Sun-Times

"4/4 Stars! Wonderfully realized and remarkably assured."


"It's hard to think of a more welcome piece of American filmmaking."

Time Out NY

"Bollywood legend Nana Patekar (gives) a commanding, charismatic performance."

John Anderson, Village Voice

"Uplifting without a drop of sap, the tale of a boy's obsession with a glittering swimming pool and how it changes four lives offers numerous pleasures and one of the most satisfying and resonant conclusions to be seen in recent cinema."
Sheri Linden, Chicago Sun-Times & Hollywood Reporter

"The Pool takes viewers on a journey to Goa (India) that is startling not only in the lush physical beauty it reveals but also in the subtle, finely wrought emotions it stirs."
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post