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  • Summary: Pablo is a young writer stricken by AIDS whose fear of dying prompts him to write his personal diary. Seeking to ease his suffering -- not just the physical suffering, but also the emotional aspects of his malaise -- Pablo sets off in search of the love of his life. (Strand Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 70
    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.
  2. A Year Without Love is only Berneri's third feature yet is an elegant, economical work.
  3. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Jorge Morales
    70
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    60
    Abrasive but affecting.
  6. It's a weighty and visually interesting movie that unfortunately doesn't have a strong message beyond its overwhelming bleakness.
  7. 50
    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.

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