An interesting movie I watch last night.
In "A Year Without Love," background ticking sounds represent the life clock of Pablo (Juan Minujín), a youngish gay writer afflicted with AIDS, and count down the passing seconds of his dreary existence. It is based on the diaries of the real-life Pablo Peréz, who is listed as the screenwriter, with the director, Anahí Berneri. This intriguing but never fully arresting film by a first-time feature director recounts in uncomfortable close-up Pablo's day-to-day activities inside the apartment he shares with a mentally unstable aunt in Buenos Aires and a hospital to which he makes regular visits. He occasionally engages in (protected) sexual acts with strangers at a local porn theater, but it's his involvement with an S-and-M group — and his attraction to Martín, one of its core members — that strengthens his desire to live. The film boldly combines vigorous promiscuity with sexually transmitted disease and reveals rare insight into the endurance and treatment of illness, but getting through it requires a level of commitment audiences may be reluctant to invest.