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Now that a number of documentaries have dealt with the 2011 Egyptian uprising at Cairo's Tahrir Square -- most prominently, the scrappy "1/2 Revolution" and broadly focused "Tahrir" -- it comes as no surprise that the events have been applied to a fictional scenario, and by no less than a prominent Egyptian filmmaker, Yousry Nasrallah ("Gate of Sun"). Ably using the turmoil at Tahrir as his backdrop, Nasrallah's "After the Battle" follows a burgeoning, ill-fated romance between two characters uniquely impacted by social upheaval. The director's use of existing events to form the movie's backbone led one colleague to compare it to Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool," which took place at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, but the precedent applies in theory alone. Despite its admirable intentions, "After the Battle" constantly fights an uphill battle to reach its potential and never quite gets »


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