Film Festival Favorite THE POOL on Thursday night

7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 26 @ Brooks Museum of Art

Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum of Art present the narrative feature debut of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Chris Smith (AMERICAN MOVIE, THE YES MEN), about a young man trying to make a living in the wealthy hills of Panjim, Goa in India. Daydreaming about one day getting an education, Venkatesh works as a "room boy" in a hotel and sells plastic bags on the side with his young friend, Jhangir, to make ends meet. When he becomes enchanted by a sublime residential pool, Vankatesh gets entangled with the mysterious family that inhabits the home. His relationship with the rich father and his cynical, sophisticated daughter disrupt his fixed ideas and unexpectedly alters his destiny. Special Jury Award, 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

"Gorgeous... Glowing luminescence."
~Stephen Holden, New York Times

"Critics' Pick. A triumph, this! (A) gentle, muted drama. Genuine old-school humanism."
~Time Out NY

"A truly independent gem of a feature. Informed by incisive observations about the class divide but more interested in the mysteries of the human heart, this gentle variation on neorealism is a delight on every level. Uplifting without a drop of sap."
~Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

"Sensitive to the culture, not only of India, but to those people who must work menial jobs to survive and dream of something bigger, Smith has crafted a quietly beautiful movie that honors both."
~Anthony Kaufman, IndieWIRE