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A YEAR WITHOUT LOVE
aka UN ANO SIN AMOR
USA: Strand Releasing
UK: Peccadillo Pictures
Cast: Juan Minujin, Mimi Ardú, Javier Van De Couter, Carlos Echevarria, Barbara Lombardo, Osmar Núnez, Ricardo Merkin, Carlos Portaluppi, Ricardo Moriello, Juan Carlos Ricci, Verónica Pages, Mónica Cabrera
Director: Anahi Berneri
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 95 mins
UK: 96 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong sex and sexual fetish theme
USA Release Date: 5 May 2006 (Limited Release - San Francisco)
USA Release Date: 10 February 2006 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 28 April 2006 (Limited Release)
Pablo Perez (Juan Minujin) is a young, HIV-positive poet who decides to write a diary and document his search to cure both his failing love life and health. Pablo unsuccessfully looks for love in bars and personal ads, and settles for anonymous sex in porno theaters. He is also discouraged about relying on his father's aid to make ends meet. But he has no choice since he can't get his writing published and he makes so little money as a French teacher. He is also forced to share an apartment (and a love-hate relationship) with his aunt.
When Pablo becomes a part of an intimate leather circle, he begins to fully explore his fascination with S&M practices. Sex soon becomes an ideal means for Pablo to reconfirm that he is alive. By year's end, Pablo has pages and pages of well-documented sexual adventures and medical treatment for his dropping T-cell count. He decides to publish his diary as a novel thanks to the emotional support of his best friend Nicolas.