Age on Panic

A divorced husband and wife argue over custody of their children during the heated 2012 presidential race in France, which pitted conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist underdog François Hollande. This comedic drama (2013), shot on the streets of Paris during the actual election, feels like a Gaelic update of Haskel Wexler’s Medium Cool (1969). The masses of warring party enthusiasts provide a suitable backdrop for the couple’s spat, which gradually encompasses lovers, friends, a bewildered babysitter, and total strangers. The improvisational story and frenzied performances match the chaotic footage; the film is exhausting, but the action is energizing. You’re likely to break a sweat just by watching this. Justine Triet directed. In French with subtitles.