Age of Panic
La Bataille de Solférino
France (FR), 2013, 94 minutes, SD
Age of Panic Synopsis

May 6, 2012. Paris has exploded into protest. Cable news reporter Laetitia is covering the French presidential elections, while ex-husband Vincent demands to see their children. How on earth will these two make time for their agitated little girls, a frazzled babysitter, a needy new boyfriend and a grumpy lawyer, whilst avoiding being swallowed up by the electric political climate?


Justine Triet's madcap love/hate letter to parenthood was the talk of the Cannes film festival when it was the hot entry in the Cannes ACid sidebar category. Anyone who has had to juggle kids with work, relationships and even pets can relate to this refreshing and hilarious look at a very modern family.




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Reviewed by jeteli
Director Justine Triet's debut feature tackles timely domestic issues like child care, babysitting, visiting rights of an ex-husband, among others, amidst a backdrop of an emotionally-charged political scenario,  that of... more
Director Justine Triet's debut feature tackles timely domestic issues like child care, babysitting, visiting rights of an ex-husband, among others, amidst a backdrop of an emotionally-charged political scenario,  that of a presidential election. Some viewers may have a hard time connecting these two entirely different themes but for career women juggling family life and work this will surely ring a bell.  Surprised to learn that the scenes wherein Laeititia was seen interviewing people on the streets, gathered in crowds, was real live footage, it was shot on the actual date of May 6, 2012, when Francois Hollande won the elections.Commendable performances by the cast led by Laetitia Dasch and Vincent Macaigne, who won two awards for this film. Nominated for the Cesar Award for best feature film,  this is definitely a must-see! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
I bet my 2 dollars new-age working moms can totally relate to this!  Laetitia, the epitome of a modern career woman is caught up in a domestic mess, transpiring while... more
I bet my 2 dollars new-age working moms can totally relate to this!  Laetitia, the epitome of a modern career woman is caught up in a domestic mess, transpiring while she's in the thick of things, covering a presidential election, with  emotions and people on the streets high-spirited and optimistic for change.  Things get more complicated when her ex-husband shows up to visit the kids and not even a babysitter can help with the domestic chaos. Very interesting to watch with commendable portrayals from the rest of the cast, notably Vincent Macaigne as the quite unconventional and weirdo ex-husband.  Do check this out.
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