These are some other films that tackle the theme of loss and they do it really beautifully. They both use a lot of symbolism to show absence. Un Jour uses the hole left in the main characters belly that once held her partner. Father and Daughter uses repetition of a journey. The daughter’s longing for her missing father is emphasised as the journey she originally took with him is repeated in different scenarios.
In both these films the loss happens earlier than in mine. I need to make my symbolism clearer for the death and also the sadness of the mother that leads to the death. The loss and the hope at the end also need to be clearer. I think timing, more time on certain shots and sound will also help a lot.