Applaus (2009)

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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 on her door. Thea is forced to face her inner voices. She is bound to give in to her faith, and make the choice.
Lars Brygmann as George
Paprika Steen as Thea Barfoed
Michael Falch as Christian Barfoed
Otto Leonardo Steen Rieks as William Barfoed
Shanti Roney as Tom
Sara-Marie Maltha as Maiken
Noel Koch-Søfeldt as Matthias Barfoed
Nanna Tange as Ekspedient
Uffe Rørbæk Madsen as Peter
Annette Rønning as Bartender
Malou Reymann as Påklæder (as Malou Leth Reymann)
Michael Kastrupsen as AA-mand
Lisbeth Holm Larsen as Receptionist
Bent Arvid Nillson as Mand der kysser
Johanne Dam as Reggissør
Full cast

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This filmmaker's choice to intercut scenes of Thea on stage as a raging alcoholic Martha in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolfe? with scenes of Thea struggling to remain sober in her real life was both original and powerful. The movie's star, Paprika Steen, blew me away with her brave performance. She hit every emotional note, even the ones the ones that were painful to watch. Interesting, unique, and entertaining. I won't soon forget this picture.


?Applause? is a moving movie that everyone should go and see. Danish actress Paprika Steen does an impressive portrayal of recovering alcoholic stage performer Thea Barfoed whose past battles with alcohol have cost her not only her marriage but access to her two sons. Throughout the movie we watch Thea struggle to remain sober while trying to reclaim custody of her sons. Thea tries to have an unsedated existence, but unfortunately everywhere she turns she?s surrounded by demons from her past. ?Applause? leaves you wanting more and curious to see what director Martin Pieter Zandvliet will do next.


Applause is only the second movie I have seen with subtitles, and was surprised how good it was. Even if you do not read every line at the bottom of the screen, you can comprehend the mood of the story and what is happening throughout the film. The main actress, Paprika Steen, is relateable to many; she as a struggling alcoholic, battling with who she is and who she wants to be. The supporting cast is just as believable, however Steen really does shine in the foreign Danish film. I look forward to seeing Paprika Steen in many more films.


Quietly depressing film about an alcoholic actress. Having said that, it is one of the most beautifully acted films this year. Paprika Steen is mesmerizing and gives a great performance.


If there was any justice in the world Paprika Steen would have been nominated for an Oscar. Really. It's that good. My wife and I saw it the other day up in LA and have been talking about it ever since.

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