The lanky, 18-year-old Venkatesh and his 12-year-old cohort Jhangir work menial jobs and sell plastic bags on the street to make ends meet. Growing more obsessed with a nearby property and its glimmering pool, Venkatesh begins to follow the homeowner, Nana, and his rebellious daughter, Ayesha, at last becoming their part-time servant. In time he and Jhangir befriend Ayesha as well.

The vibrant photography of Goa’s landscapes is worth admission alone, but the captivating characters and surprise conclusion will linger in viewers’ conscience long after the credits roll.

Grade: A-

The Pool releases in select theaters Sept. 19.