A Year Without Love

Synopsis: A writer dying of AIDS searches for a cure and human interaction in the hospitals and sex clubs of Buenos Aires.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Anahí Berneri
Production: Strand Releasing
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

World-wide famous poet

professor in his autumnal years

looks for companion, partner, protector and friend

young lover, delicate soul,

exuberant, frank and beautiful spirit

for sharing bed, meditation, apartment,

help to beat the fury and the guilt of the world,

innocent as slave or master...

deadly tender to the fast pace of time

find me if you can,

I'm here

I'm here alone

with the alone


April 26th, 1986

April 26th

I've spent all afternoon

trying to write two ads for a magazine

I didn't waste any time to write one of them

I offered french classes, translations and PC work

Good body

It was the other one that really took me all afternoon

What am I? What am I looking for?

I wanted to seem like a masculine boy without specifying it,

I wanted my personality reflected in my speech

without saying how I am

At the end, I don't know if it's clear

But it's done, I delivered it

and it's going to appear just like that

I look for a manly, active, protective, well endowed friend of lover

for stable relation and safe sex.

Let's see how its going...

Lean over

Take a deep breath


Yo are a bit better

Anyway, we should consider the posibility

that you to stay in a hospital.

but not here.

If you wait me a minute I'll be back with an application

What a mess, Pablito!

I was about to get things in order

but I got low blood pressure

it must be the dye, no?

maybe if you inhale some acetone remover.

Uh, It's so late!

I've got to wash the dye away

and I don't know what to wear.

It's OK, when I finish with the dishes

I wll put everyting in order

I don't know.

She was slept in the couch with the telephone

Does she have any friend?

Is she going out with anyone?

I don't know. I wish,

we are not getting along at all lately

Well, you will have to move out

Ok, as soon as I get

a husband that supports me Ill do it

If you continue lookng where you do!

What are you doing with a book from Neruda?

Don't know, maybe someone gave it to me

The first poet I read was Neruda

I read it with my aunt, I was 13 o r14

Sounds fun!

Let me see


I was a taciturn young man

I found out your hair was scandalous

What's wrong with it? I like it!

You like such things!

At that time we used to play

the game of the glass with my aunt


Well, I moved the glass!

I wrote poems,

I said I was Pablo Neruda from the further away

Did she believe you?

Yes! A couple times I told her it was me,

but she refused to believe me.

Anyway you could tell it wasn't Nerudas's poems.

Yah! I can imagine. What where they like?

I don't know, some stupid thing

But that was the way I started writing

Thanks to my aunt

Thanks to Neruda!

Let's go dancing, be my guest!

I had though of going to the movies

The movies, the movies?

Not, to the other one

No, I pass, I'm inviting you to dance

Come on! Lets go!

June 15th

I continue with this damn sickness,

terribly porn

I have a fungal infection in my crotch

with the shape of a heart

that I've tried to heal with propoleo, aloe vera

and a green bolivian cream

that got me erect

and I believe it helped a bit

My current concern is Luis

I met him the day I went to the disco with Nicols

He took me to his house,

and even insisted that I shoul spend the night

But I didnt want to

What if I started coughing and awaked him?

No, I don't like that movie!

No, not that movie

has bad energy

But we agreed to call

We were going to meet this afternoon

I left him two messages

but he didn't answer

Yeah? No?

Ah! They said it was a bad one

What do you think?

I'm waiting for a call

If I got him sick?

Yeah. I must have got him the fungal infection

and that's why he's not calling me

OK dear, as you say, it's OK

It's OK, it's OK

Maybe it's better he doesn't call me

No, look, you have to clean it

No, don't wash it

You have to heal it

Yes, you have to put it three days

in the terrace in a container with water and salt

Yes, a container, a casserole, a deep plate

No, not a tapper because it is plastic and very dirty


No, I can't go today

On Tuesday, we'll go to the movies on Tuesday

OK, I'll continue with the explanation

Put it away from everybody, nobody has to touch it, OK?

otherwise the energy get contaminated

It is a talisman that will get useless

For instance, I have it hanging

But you can use it on the bro,

I don't know, figure ti out

Hang up, Hang up!

Wait a second

Ain't you listening to me? Hang up the phone!

I'm waiting for a call. Hang up the phone!

I pay for the phone

My dad pays for it

My dad!


With all the things I do for you!


-90% off all the scandals on the streets where we stay

are made by the sons of the well off families of Palermo

that come here to molest us,

to throw stones to us and shout us all sorts of things.

Why don't they complaint about it!

It's our only way of living.

What do they want?,That we go out and steal?

To kill people...

Pablo Perez


Very well


You have to get your CD4 up

You will start taking AZ

Eh, no

I'm feeding well

I'm having vitamines, health teas

It doesn't depend only on alimentation.

You know that 300 is a limit value

I won't take AZ

Lets repeat the tests in a while

Your defenses are very low

and your lungs are not well

You cannot wait.

You have to start treatment as soon as posible

Look, not all the medics think as you do

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Anahí Berneri

Anahí Berneri (born 1975) is an Argentine film director and screenwriter. Her films have been shown at various film festivals around the world more…

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