Friday, May 19, 2017

The Pool (2007)

Vitagraph Films
Directed by Chris Smith
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Kino Lorber)

Two friends eke out a living on the streets of a city in India selling bags, washing dishes and cleaning hotel rooms. The older boy likes to perch in a tree to get a view of the luxurious mansion and swimming pool behind a wall. He approaches the owner one day at a greenery and manages to talk himself into a job. The man and boy develop a deep friendship and over time become like father and son. He also develops a crush on the man's teenage daughter. The man eventually offers to pay for his schooling, but it takes an unexpected turn. Slight drama takes you straight into the heart of India, I just wish the payoff was a little more substantial. Cast of amateurs does a fantastic job with mostly improvised scenes.

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