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Plenty of narrative films released since an Anglo-American alliance invaded Iraq in 2003 have attempted to capture the psyche of returning American soldiers—perhaps none more convincingly than Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, whose brief coda masterfully depicted the depression of an adrenaline-addicted soldier numbed by his stateside domesticity. Others, like Jim Sheridan’s 2009 Brothers, have opted for post-traumatic melodrama. How is the other half of the coalition coping? Not too well, if the 2010 British film In Our Name is any indication. In the film, which shows as part of West End Cinema’s “From Britain With Love” series, writer and director Brian Welsh charts the post-combat life of Suzy (Joanne Froggatt, an English television actress), a soldier readjusting to her home and family. In Our Name received mixed reviews when it played in the U.K. last year, though Froggatt was praised for her collapse into madness. Stiff upper lips crumble easily; emotional breakdowns, wall punching, and child endangerment ensue. The film shows at 7:30 p.m. at West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. $11. westendcinema.com.