Rolf has spent almost every minute of the day with Azucena, doing everything he can to comfort and console the little girl as she remains stubbornly trapped in the aftermath of a gigantic mudslide. In the course of this tragedy, the TV documentary producer has identified himself with Azucena, so much so that, in his pain, he's forced to confront all the horrifying memories from his boyhood in Austria that he's managed to keep bottled up inside for so many years.
Rolf identifies with Azucena to such an extent that, by the time Azucena eventually passes away, a part of him dies with her. Rolf's never quite the same again. He intently studies the footage of Azucena trapped in the mud, asking himself over and over again if there was anything more he could've done to save her. His camera equipment lies unused in a cupboard; we get the impression that, after his traumatic experience with Azucena, he's stopped making documentaries altogether. It's notable too that Rolf no longer writes or sings. Instead, he spends long hours just staring blankly through the windows at the mountains.