Thursday, August 17, 2006


A YEAR WITHOUT LOVE is a moving film documenting a year in the life of a young, gay, HIV positive writer living in Buenos Aires. Unable to get his poetry published he resorts to writing a diary of his deteriorating health, response to meds and interaction with his crazy aunt and distant father. The movie is shot in a documentary style on Super-16 so often has a grainy quality, but this shouldn't be too much of a problem if you are watching it on DVD. The movie is also unflinching in its portrayal of the underground S&M scene. (It's a year without love, not without sex!) Not for the faint-hearted, but a fascinating and moving (if sometimes slow-paced) portrayal of the search for meaningful contact. (Thanks to Alistair for the tip-off.)

A YEAR WITHOUT LOVE/UN ANO SI AMOR played at Berlin 2005 and did a tour of festivals without ever getting a proper US release. It went on limited release in the Netherlands and the UK earlier in 2006 and was released on Region 2 DVD in July.

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