Social Consciousness does not always work for your favor, Issiz Adam(Alone-2008) a film review

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How and why do adolescents and young adults search for devotion in every short-winded love affair? Can we distinguish between infatuation and true love? This European style drama/romance film seeks the answers in solitariness and in social consciousness.

Love is an experienceable fantasy without social consciousness

If love is a matter of human conscience in our times, Novel Prize for Literature winner Octavio Paz has already mentioned the impossibility of love's persistence by calling it "an experienceable fantasy without social consciousness"(El laberinto de la soledad-1950)(*1).

    When people grow mature and old enough to deem love to be their puppyhood adventure, it is due to their social consciousness...

    When true lovers grow, they grow apart and go separate ways, which is due to love's growth of weakness against people's growth of social consciousnesses...

    When lovers become couples, and when loving couples marry, their marriage constructs a family. Being a family gives separate and opposite responsibilities to lovingly married couples, where the wife grows a mother's social consciousness as opposed to the husband growing a father's social consciousness...

Upon love and relationships if the case is a man's social consciousness, his struggle for making a living and becoming the grown-up man he wants to be all depend on his socio-economical values as well as the society's he is part of. As revolutionary philosopher Karl Marx has examined this sociological issue, he set his doctrine by saying:

    "it is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence but their social existence that determines their consciousness"(*2)

which by all means predicates that it is the alteration of a man's values in life what brings his relationships to an ending.

the Need for Love ends up in Pessimism from the Loss of that Love

Differently from his primal films, director Çagan Irmak dishes out a drama by using Expressionist cinema language on a romantic theme. Originally written for the screen Issiz Adam(Alone) opposes the modern social conventions of the couples' relationships. An easily digestible plot of every man's usual love affairs brings together two adverse social characters forming a couple. Despite the Expressionist components, characterization is low-quality. Lovers meet for the first time in a pessimistic mood, and they each reflected what normally ladies' men do to pick up girls and what normally girls do in return. Their communication is coarsened more and more until the guy tendered flowers to the girl in a very formal way. None of them could have implied any emotion wholeheartedly. Basically, they never fell in love. But at the end, they realized that they were meant for each other, even though they were not in love.

As two toneless products of Expressionism the characters introduced were neither interesting nor likable. The leading role was the role of the story. What happens to those people when they decide to start a love affair and whey they agree to break up became the chief part. This story carries us to an ending of a man's meaning of life, that gets us crushed under a heavy melancholy.

The selected soundtrack for this movie is a fine collection of 1970s' classic pop ballads, although the songs that played during the corresponding scenes couldn't fix the lack of the acting and the duty of the director herein. The success in editing and a good screenplay saves the film.

There is no Practical Truth in Love

Issiz Adam is a remarkable drama because of its search for the relief of hopeless relationships of broken couples.There awaits a relationship movie far away from being considered as a romance.

    A wise well-known old saying says: "You can build relationships just about with anybody, though you can only find the love within only one person".

But is this practically the truth for everybody?

Today over 5 years after the screen release, Issiz Adam still keeps its memorable scenes freshly on the minds of its audiences, especially the ending. The ending is a sad one...

    and through expressionist melodrama it teaches us that there is no practical truth in love. If it is a true love, it is built via constructive truth,

which gives you the freedom to choose whom to love and under what conditions to love, to choose whom to break up with and under what conditions to break up with. If a love affair lacks the constructive truth, it will go out of control and will most likely end up with a catastrophe that you will have to break up with the person you loved truly and who loved you truly in return...

    as this is the case in Issiz Adam's ending:

References and External Sources

(*1) El laberinto de la soledad by Octavio Paz
(*2) a discussion board page for Karl Marx's quote about a man's social consciousness
How do you distinguish between infatuation and true love?

my initial review on IMDB for this film Issiz Adam(Alone-2008):

Issiz Adam videos on Youtube:


Constructive Truth, Expressionism, Infatuation, Karl Marx, Octavio Paz, Pessimism, Social Consciousness, Solitude, True Love

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Feb 2014 (#)

this is totally marvellous Sean...your handle of words amazing and your descriptive awesome...thank you...

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