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The tumultuous, hotly contested 2012 French presidential election, pitting right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy against socialist Francois Hollande, provides the larger maelstrom against which a couple’s custody battle unfolds in Gallic helmer-scribe Justine Triet’s frantic farce “Age of Panic.” The exes’ skill at sweeping lovers, friends, colleagues, babysitters and total strangers into their emotional vortex adds greatly to the absurdity wending its way through the streets, packed to bursting with masses of warring party enthusiasts. Placing a couple’s inability to mediate visiting rights within the context of extreme political polarization, this whirlwind comedy might prove particularly timely for American auds.

The day begins in total chaos. Television reporter Laetitia (Laetitia Dosch) is on the phone with her boss, explaining why she’s late in covering the elections, while her little daughters scream at the top of their lungs and her overly helpful b.f., Virgil (Virgil Vernier), gives officious instructions »

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