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A Year Without Love

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Time Out says

It’s not impossible that Pablo (Juan Minujín) knows Ho Po-Wing and Lai Yiu-Fai, the central couple from Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘Happy Together’: like that film, this is set in mid-’90s Buenos Aires, and is about an atomised gay man’s largely bootless pursuit of meaningful emotional connection. In between quarrelling with the aunt he lives with, struggling to get his writing published and visiting the hospital (he’s HIV positive), Pablo places personal ads, goes clubbing and visits porn cinemas. It’s not too surprising that, yearning to be acknowledged, given limits and taken care of, he is drawn to the leather and S&M scene; nor that it leaves his romantic desires unfulfilled, leading only to jealousy without love. Plainly, then, this is not feelgood fare, but ‘A Year Without Love’ makes no overt pleas for pity or anger. Reminiscent of Ron Peck’s ‘Nighthawks’ in its unsentimental realism, it tracks the passage of time through seasonal porn covers and subtly establishes its period through the two innovations that changed gay life a decade ago: the internet (the object of Pablo’s affections is masterinboots@top.com) and combination therapy. Indeed, for Pablo, the AZT cocktail turns out to be a better match than any of the men he meets: an inflexible master with his best interests at heart.
Written by Ben Walters

Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Release date:Friday 28 April 2006
  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Anahi Berneri
  • Screenwriter:Anahi Berneri, Pablo Pérez
  • Cast:
    • Juan Minujín
    • Mimí Ardú
    • Carlos Echevarría
    • Bárbara Lombardo
    • Javier van de Couter
    • Osmar Núñez
    • Ricardo Merkin
    • Carlos Portaluppi
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