Directed by Chris Smith
Documentarian Chris Smith’s (AMERICAN MOVIE, THE YES MEN) foray into narrative storytelling is the India-set Hindi-spoken THE POOL, following Venkatesh, a young janitor. He sees from his perch in a mango tree a luxuriant garden and shimmering pool hidden behind a wall. 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. Filmed with non-professional actors, in a language he didn’t speak, filmmaker Chris Smith developed an on the fly style for the film – directing through a translator, editing the film together in real time and developing new scenes to compliment what was organically developing daily. The spontaneity and energy shows on-screen in actors, atmosphere and style. The film is a treat.
A hotel worker in India sees a luxuriant garden and shimmering pool from his perch in a mango tree. The hotel worker is inquisitive about the home's inhabitants and his curiosity changes the shape of his future. Directed by Chris Smith.
Cast: Nana Patekar, Venkatesh Chavan, Jhangir Badshah
A beautiful movie on human compassion and sacrifices. It is definitely impressive that Chris Smith directed the movie without any knowledge of Hindi, the language that he was shooting in.
4.5_was awkward at the start for me anyway_but i got into all of the characters & the story_so it was all pretty great _yeah a treat and his young friend is great_so it all felt wonderful
enjoyed it as a getaway mood piece, and also the sense of place and unpretentious.