“Alvaro” is based on a poem written by Alice Gonçalves Sousa about the death of her brother Alvaro. It is a meditation on loss and embodies the Portuguese spirit of Fado, the urban folk music of Portugal that accompanies a portion of the film. The poem expresses the degree to which Alice was devastated by the death of her brother. The film includes imagery taken from inherited archival photographs, as well as material objects, furniture, clothing, the things that are left behind after a person passes. Nature and the seasons are a metaphor for the fragility of life and human emotions and attempt to communicate the loss that one feels when a loved one is gone.
6 min 40 sec, 2015