A year without love

A year without love

A year without love

  Pablo (Juan Minujín) is 30 years old, a writer, just returned from Paris to Buenos Aires and HIV-positive. He lives with his aunt in a small apartment confused, which belongs to his father. Pablo considers himself as a French teacher and translator with difficulty above water, but not nearly enough money for the needed drugs to stop the fatal course of the disease. When he learns that he only survives one year, the young man begins to write diary. However, this is less literary reasons, but rather serves the self-insurance in this confusing and difficult time for him – in the face of death, he grasps at every straw he can get. And he confided to his diary all the experiences that move him this year without love: His ventures into the porn cinemas and sex parties of the Argentine capital, his search for a dominant display using the contact man and meets him in the form of Báez (Osmar Nuñez) and Martín (Javier Van de Couter), who introduce him into the mysteries of SM and bondage. He writes about the desire to lose themselves in pain, to feel oneself, about exploring his limits, his experiences with various forms of therapy, which he tried to stop the poaching of virus in his body stop. It is the beginning of a year without love, will stand at the end of death …

Anahí Berneris debut feature film, A Year without Love / Un Año sin Amor is based on the autobiographical novel by Pablo Perez, who together with the director also wrote the screenplay. The film manages the feat, despite clear and preserve some strange-looking sex scenes from the SM and bondage scene, a great tenderness for his characters. There is never just about vision and cinematic values of sensations, always at Pablo’s fate and his desperate search for a stop in a hopeless situation, the focus of attention. But beyond that, the film shows not only the personal fate of the protagonist: For 1996, the year that is alluded to in the title, is not only for Pablo a very special, even in the history of the immunodeficiency disease AIDS, this time plays a special role. From that point on, the continued administration of a drug cocktail instead of the previously carried out only with the highly toxic AZT drug therapy.

At the Berlinale 2005 was a year without love / Un Año sin Amor the Teddy Award for Best Queer Film.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: a year) without love (# Original Title: Un Año sin Amor Country of production: Argentina Year of production: 2005 Length: 97 (Min) of material: Edition Salzgeber

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