The Swimming Pool
"The film is an intimate portrait of a mother-daughter relationship through the eye of a camera. The mother is selling clothes on street markets in Southern Spain. The daughter is pursuing a design master degree in Amsterdam. And what, between these things, is the difference? It's a rhetorical question because there may be no real difference. Mother drives a Ford van with the bright coloured street market clothes in them, while she moves from job to job, gig to gig, trying her luck at job applications, living from day to day, and hand to mouth." — Daniel van der Velden
The Swimming Pool was developed over the course of a two-year domestic ethnographic research involving many travels to Southern Spain. In an attempt to find what it means to practice care, Carmen Dusmet Carrasco developed an obsession with capturing her mother’s precarious journey towards retirement. What began as a socio-economic study of female poverty in Spain led to an intimate negotiation of a mother-daughter relationship.
Projecting the imagination of a younger generation onto a future that is unfolding, the film is an intergenerational prism. In its rawness, it unapologetically poses a confessional question: How can younger generations take care of the elderly while safeguarding their own future?
Camera and Editing, Carmen Dusmet Carrasco; With the main appearance of, Delia del Carmen Carrasco Pardo; Composed by Lola de la Mata; Sound Mix by room6audio; Editing Advisors, Daniel van der Velden and Nirit Peled; Text and Translation Advisor, Tina Bastajian; Title Graphics, Alex Walker; Animation Assistance, Diego Grandry.