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A Year Without Love(Un año sin amor)

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Argentina
·
2005

Rated R · 1h 35m

Director Anahí Berneri
Starring Juan Minujín, Mimí Ardú, Carlos Echevarría, Javier van de Couter
Genre Drama, Romance
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A writer dying of AIDS searches for a cure and human interaction in the hospitals and sex clubs of Buenos Aires.

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Village Voice by

Anahí Berneri's promising feature debut (based on Pablo Pérez's autobiographical novel) is at once unsentimental and sympathetic; she evinces rare insight into a gay man's life and sexuality without cringing, passing judgment, or wallowing in pity.
70

L.A. Weekly by Chuck Wilson

First-time director Anahí Berneri, who wrote this involving, if slow-moving, film with Pablo Pérez (based on Pérez’s own diaries), doesn't shy away from the whippings, rope work and carefully calibrated humiliation that make up a good night of dungeon play. Yet A Year Without Love isn't a sex movie (so don’t expect one), but a studied examination of how one man folds jarring events into the everyday fabric of his life.
70

Variety by Eddie Cockrell

An Argentine writer dying of AIDS searches for a medical cure and some human warmth in the hospitals and S&M clubs of Buenos Aires in dignified, thoughtful drama A Year Without Love.
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New York Post by Lou Lumenick

The unusually explicit dungeon scenes with Pablo, a leather daddy and a fellow slave may whip a rather specialized audience into a frenzy. But for others, A Year Without Love will be a less pleasurably painful experience.