They come here to wash, to stay clean. Some are in need, others are having boiler trouble. The public showers are a transient refuge for them before they return to the city, to the streets. Here, they can recharge their batteries, or have a chat, but violence is never far away. A dirty look, an insult, a sudden movement. The staff at the public showers keep watch and prevent things from getting out of hand. It’s a world outside the world.
About the director: Graduated from the Image section of INSAS, Julie Conte has been Assistant Camera Operator for shooting feature films, including those of Benoît Délépine and Gustave Kervern, Nicolas Pariser, Michael Hers and Laurent Cantet. In 2013, she made her first documentary film, A Cat on the Shoulder, selected for various festivals. Then she trained herself in writing and editing at Ateliers Varan and La Fémis and made documentaries for which she was also the camera operator.
In 2018 she shot Last Round, a portrait of an apprentice boxer, co-directed with Nine Antico.
World premiere, DEBUT