Applause (2011)



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When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her life again. Christian, her ex husband is quickly softened by her tough manipulative but charming figure and agrees. She has to prove to her self and to him, that she is worth the try. But the hard life on stage, and the ghosts of the past slowly comes knocking … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Martin Pieter Zandvliet, Anders Frithiof August, Garrett Elsden Fort
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 2003
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as Kitty Darling

as April Darling

as Hitch Nelson

as Hitch Nelson

as Joe King

as Mother Superior

as Producer

as Slim Lamont

as Thea Barfoed

as Christian Barfoed

as Matthias Barfoed

as Påklædersken

as Pige på café

as Ekspedient

as Påklædersken

as Pige på café
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Critic Reviews for Applause

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (14)

"Applause" is a very minor film with a massive performance at its center.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Steen [is] in every scene of the film and crafts an intricate portrait of a woman teetering on the brink, but never toppling.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As much of [Steen] as there is, you'll want more.

Full Review… | January 24, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Paprika Steen makes this particular character her own. And makes us join her adoring on-screen audience as we watch her play out -- gorgeously, horrifyingly -- her own tragic scenes.

Full Review… | January 22, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Director and co-writer Martin Pieter Zandvliet draws inspired work from Steen. You feel her every emotion.

Full Review… | January 21, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

There's no real fight in Applause, though there is indisputably a great deal of acting.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Applause


The actors are very good, and the story is touching, but it's a predictable and overused plot. So, it's a good movie, but it could have done something to make it stand out more and make it different.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

In "Applause," Thea(Paprika Steen) is just out of rehab and acting in a production of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Otherwise, she is trying to get her life back together, with her ex-husband Christian(Michael Falch) having already re-married to Maiken(Sara-Marie Maltha), a psychologist. That becomes increasingly important for Thea, especially as it regards potential custody of her two young sons.

While "Applause" has its strengths in being a character study, it is often just as obvious, which is best exemplified in its choice of a play within the movie.(Admittedly, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' does sound better in Danish than in English.) Plus, Paprika Steen's lead performance is more showy than powerful as a character whose issues may extend beyond her addictions.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


I found the trailer online the other day and I can't wait to see it. Steen is a powerful actress and can make any film incredible.

Kyle Schee

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