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  • Summary: Impoverished Venkatesh dreams of swimming in the pool of a well-to-do family. When he becomes friendly with the servants of the wealthy household, frequent visits to his favorite swimming spot make him long for a better way of live.
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    At the heart of this picturesque fable is a truism so shopworn it can barely stand repeating: It's better to give than to receive.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    75
    In the end it may amount to little more than an exotic fable, but it is a particularly conscious, wise fable.
  5. It's a bit schematic and sweet-natured, perhaps to a fault, yet the faces linger. Smith and his mixture of actors and non-actors remind us that an act of generosity is all it takes to change a life.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    70
    This heightened consciousness of objects and obligations ballasts the drama-light, class-conscious fable with tactile life.
  7. Smith ("American Movie") sees the poetry in everyday people, and lets his rambling story find its own rhythm.

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