The Pool

2007, Movie, NR, 95 mins

The Pool
One of two big surprises is that this gentle, humanistic tale of an illiterate young man making his own way in southern India isn't the work of a native South Asian filmmaker, but an American. The second surprise is that director is Chris Smith, who is best-known for such uniquely American documentaries as AMERICAN MOVIE, HOME MOVIE and the mordantly funny THE YES MEN. Need a third surprise? Smith's unlikely foray into fiction filmmaking (his second, counting his feature debut, AMERICAN JOB) is wonderfully realized and remarkably assured.

Originally from a small rural village in the state Karnathaka, 18-year-old Venkatesh (Venkatesh Chavan) now lives in the...

Released: 2007 Rated: NR Length: 95 mins

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