Bains PublicsKita Bauchet

The swimming pool as an illustration of the melting pot of the big city. A place where people train, chat, relax, wash themselves and wind down. 'Bains Publics' is a homage to the diversity of Brussels and how the swimming pool water washes away all the differences. A cinematic gem to enjoy.

The Marolles, in the heart of Brussels. In 1953, the "Pools of Brussels" were inaugurated here. An architectural gem of three floors with two swimming pools and showers for people who do not have sanitary facilities at home. Almost 65 years after the opening, the complex is still a refuge for the inhabitants of this working-class neighborhood. They are a place of relaxation and regeneration for people of different ages, backgrounds and social classes. Everyone is equal in the blue water. The showers on the ground floor have been Viviane's premises for more than 30 years, and she still helps everyone with a smile. On the first floor children's feet gently shuffle along the edge and generations of school children have learned to swim here. On the third floor swimmers do their laps. As a lunch break, as a reflection or to battle an alcohol addiction by exercising.

Visually stunning Poverty Society

Vertoond op editie(s) 2019
Screened at edition(s) 2019


Directed by Kita Bauchet
2018 60 min.
Subtitles: English


Belgian selection


Kita Bauchet

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Altitude 100


Marie-Françoise Plissart, Joachim Philippe, Benjamin Hautenauve


Valène Leroy, Kita Bauchet


Siegfried Canto

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