Filmmaker Catarina Vasconcelos sifts through the memories of her ancestors. Her naval officer grandfather, Henrique, who married her grandmother, Beatriz, on her 21st birthday, spent extended periods at sea, leaving her with six children. This is the beginning of a generational saga.
Picking up a slew of awards from the likes of Berlin, San Sebastián, and IndieLisboa, this intoxicating Portuguese debut by Catarina Vasconcelos is an artisanal hybrid documentary. A poetic ode to family and loss, ravishingly captured on 16mm, its lyrical vignettes carry a profound cumulative power.
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