Applause (2009)
"Applaus" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  25 September 2009 (Denmark)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Falch ...
Otto Leonardo Steen Rieks ...
Noel Koch-Søfeldt ...
Malou Reymann ...
Påklæder (as Malou Leth Reymann)
Uffe Rørbæk Madsen ...
Nanna Tange ...
Annette Rønning ...
Johanne Dam ...
Lisbeth Holm Larsen ...
Bent Arvid Nillson ...
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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. Written by Mikael Chr. Rieks

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Sometimes life is the hardest performance of all



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 September 2009 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Aplauso  »

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DKK 3,600,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The footage from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was shot at a real production that Paprika Steen starred in eight months prior to shooting Applause (2009). See more »


Referenced in Live fra Bremen: Episode #1.1 (2009) See more »

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a great Danish movie
28 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a memorable and moving Danish movie. It tells a story that in the world which we live, different people have different lives. In this film, Paprika Steen (playing Thea Barfoed) is a stage performer, used to be an alcoholic after she had suffered divorce and lost her children. When people face to the different circumstances of life, some people are the strong and optimistic, and others are weak and negative.

She had some psychological barriers, she didn't know how to love her family, her sons and husband the right way because she didn't even know how to love herself. So her husband divorced her and got the two boys. After a period of psychological treatment, her life is on to the right track. But she needs to face her faults and mistakes she made before. She loves her sons and she wants to spend time and live with them sometimes, but her ex-husband doesn't trust her and he is afraid the boys will be hurt again. She is very desperate and sad. I think Paprika's performance is superb, and she expresses her emotions very well. Her performance is very natural.

The film tells people how to face the mistakes of the past, and how to change her life for the better. Everybody needs salvation; While Thea looks for forgiveness from others, she must also forgive herself.

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