Age of Panic

La Bataille de Solférino

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
4pm & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Dir. Justine Triet, 2013, France, 94min, DCP, Color
Starring Laetitia Dosch, Vincent Macaigne, Arthur Harari, Virgil Vernier
In French with English subtitles

On May 6, 2012, television journalist Laetitia (Laetitia Dosch) rushed out the door to cover the French presidential election on Rue de Solférino. But when her ex, Vincent (Vincent Macaigne), shows up one day late for his court-scheduled time with their daughters, her already harried schedule becomes chaotic. Laetitia must navigate her unruly children, an overwhelmed babysitter, a complicated relationship dynamic, and a country cleaved in two. Shot in real-time on the day François Hollande captured the presidency, the documentary-style film features actual election day crowds, contrasting politics with personal family drama.

Nominee Best First Film, 2014 César Awards

“‘Age of Panic’ stands as one of the exemplary works of modern French cinema, a landmark of what a daringly original filmmaker can do when working in a system of her own.” –Richard Brody, New Yorker

“It’s hard to find a stable emotional POV to view this drama from, and that’s a good thing.” –Filmmaker Magazine

“Flipped comedy, sometimes close to Scorsese’s ‘After Hours,’ about a day turning into a nightmare, ‘La Bataille de Solférino’ is also an epic film blending love and politics.” –Cahiers du Cinéma