um amor de Borges

Un amor de Borges (2000)

2000, Argentina, 92 minutes.


Directed by Javier Torre

Cast

Jean Pierre Noher . . . Borges
Inés Sastre . . . Estela Canto

Comments
According to the IMDB:

Estela Canto y Jorge Luis Borges se conocieron en 1944. Estela era mujer culta, inteligente, bella e inquietante. Trabajaba como locutora de radio, traducía textos de inglés y quería ser escritora. Borges era un hombre tímido, apegado a su madre, conservador, empleado en un modesta Biblioteca pública. Todavía era un desconocido para el gran público. Comenzaron una relación muy especial. Una joven liberada, precursora del feminismo, y un hombre tímido que pedía permiso a su madre para salir, para invitar a Estela a bellas elucubraciones intelectuales, en caminatas nocturnas por San Telmo o Parque Lezama. Se sucedieron episodios amorosos, dudas, consultas a amigos, intrigas, dolor. Alternaron con artistas y escritores de la época. Y se enamoraron. O al menos Borges se enamoró, mientras su madre y su hermana se oponían. La relación duró cinco años, hasta que Estela abandonó a Borges que quedó sumido en el dolor y logró recomponerse después de mucho tiempo, dedicándose solitariamente a escribir y dictar conferencias.

This has been kindly translated by Borges-List member who wishes to add, “I take no responsibility for the fruitiness of this prose or for the accuracy of the anecdote!”

Estela Canto and Jorge Luis Borges met in 1944. Estela was a cultivated, intelligent, beautiful, and disquieting woman. She worked as a radio announcer, translated texts from English [to Spanish, presumably], and wanted to be a writer. Borges was a shy man, attached to his mother, conservative, and worked in a modest public library. He was as yet unknown to the greater public. They began a very special relationship. She was a liberated young woman, an early feminist; he was a shy man who asked his mother’s permission to go out, to invite Estela to intellectual salons and nighttime walks through San Telmo or Lezama Park. Passionate episodes, doubts, consultations with friends, intrigue, and painful scenes took place. The pair associated with the artists and writers of the period. And they fell in love. Or at least Borges fell in love, while his mother and sister opposed the relationship. It lasted five years, until Estela abandoned Borges and he was left in pain, only managing to pull himself together after a long time, dedicating himself to solitary writing and giving lectures.


Offsite Reviews

Otrocampo Review – A review by or Luis Ormaechea. (Spanish) 

Offsite Links

“Un amor de Borges” Homepage – The official page for the film, which contains notes, information, and images.

IMDB’s “Un Amor de Borges” Page – The Internet Movie Database’s page on Um Amor de Borges.

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