Alone (Issiz Adam) (15)

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Outwardly, Alper (Cemal Hunal) is a success, with his own swanky restaurant, but by night he buries himself in emotionless, rough-ish sex; then he meets Ada (Melis Birkan) and gets entangled in a proper grown-up love affair.

Cagan Irmak's film, a popular hit in Turkey, has several things going for it – plausibly attractive leads, charming Istanbul locations – but is unsure whether to be a fable about bleak modern life or a character study, and the downbeat ending feels engineered: it should have kept its nerve and stayed slushy.