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Winter Of Discontent review

A three-stranded drama set during Egypt's 2011 revolution

Egyptian writer/director Ibrahim El-Batout revisits his country’s revolution in early 2011, when millions forced the resignation of the dictatorial President Mubarak.

Shifting backwards and forwards in time, Winter Of Discontent concentrates on a trio of characters, whose lives converge: opposition activist Amr (Amr Waked), himself a prior victim of state torture, secret policeman Adel (Salah Hanafy), and female TV news presenter Farah (Farah Youssef).

It’s an intimately focused, calmly composed drama, albeit one that can’t help seeming a little outdated given the ongoing upheavals in Egypt.

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