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Applause -- Out of rehab, a veteran actress wants to reconnect with her ex-husband and estranged children, though old demons come back to haunt her.


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25 September 2009 (Denmark) See more »
Sometimes life is the hardest performance of all
When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice... See more » | Add synopsis »
8 wins & 12 nominations See more »
(8 articles)
San Sebastian: Paprika Steen Chairs Main Jury
 (From Variety - Film News. 15 September 2015, 2:07 AM, PDT)

Eight Links: Unhinged Women, Union Protests, Unctuous Celebrity
 (From FilmExperience. 15 December 2010, 4:00 PM, PST)

Continuing the Conversations...
 (From FilmExperience. 18 November 2010, 3:37 AM, PST)

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  (in credits order)

Paprika Steen ... Thea Barfoed

Michael Falch ... Christian Barfoed

Sara-Marie Maltha ... Maiken

Shanti Roney ... Tom
Otto Leonardo Steen Rieks ... William Barfoed
Noel Koch-Søfeldt ... Matthias Barfoed
Malou Reymann ... Påklæder (as Malou Leth Reymann)
Uffe Rørbæk Madsen ... Peter
Nanna Tange ... Ekspedient

Michael Kastrupsen ... AA-mand
Annette Rønning ... Bartender
Johanne Dam ... Reggissør

Lars Brygmann ... George
Lisbeth Holm Larsen ... Receptionist
Bent Arvid Nillson ... Mand der kysser
Wenche Nillson ... Dame der kysser
Niels Jørgen Damkjær Weltz ... Bargæst
Laila Billah ... Bargæst
Peter Bahn ... Bargæst
Mathias Løvstrøm ... Bargæst
Majbrit ... Bargæst
Tina Pio ... Bargæst
Peter Freiman ... Bargæst
Brian Hansen ... Bargæst
Jon Christensen ... Bargæst
Karina Elver ... AA'er
Rap ... AA'er
Tommy Nielsen ... AA'er
Nick Enghave ... AA'er
Ricky Rosenbæk ... AA'er
Claus Høxbroe ... AA'er
Morten ... AA'er
Anni Nielsen ... AA'er
Charlotte Anderberg ... Model i Toys'r'us
Laura Hillstein ... Model i Toys'r'us
Kathrine Elvira Boysen ... Pige på café
Sofie Marie Jespersen ... Pige på café
Det Danske Drengekor ... Kor
Kim Glies Nandfred ... Korleder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Skuespiller (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Zandvliet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anders Frithiof August  writer
Martin Zandvliet  writer

Produced by
Malthe Koch .... line producer
Jens Ulrik Pedersen .... executive producer
Mikael Chr. Rieks .... executive producer
Mikael Chr. Rieks .... producer
Original Music by
Sune Martin 
Cinematography by
Jesper Tøffner 
Film Editing by
Per Sandholt 
Casting by
Gro Therp  (as Gro Therp Bremer)
Production Design by
Rasmus Cold 
Makeup Department
Louise Hauberg .... makeup artist (as Louise Hauberg Nielsen)
Fatima Louborg .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Thomas Schindel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Schindel .... first assistant director
Art Department
Lea Gudmundsen .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Johannes Elling Dam .... sound mixer (as Johannes Dam)
Johannes Elling Dam .... sound recordist (as Johannes Dam)
Johannes Elling Dam .... sound (as Johannes Dam)
Alex Pavlovic .... re-recording mixer
Alex Pavlovic .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Thomas Therchilsen .... digital colourist
Camera and Electrical Department
Anders Thorsby .... first assistant camera
Julius Thorsøe .... video assistant
Jesper Westh .... gaffer
Frederik Worm .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marianne Wassberg .... costume supervisor (as Marianna Wassberg)
Editorial Department
Rikke Selin .... trailer editor
Other crew
Line Sander Egede .... production assistant
Micha Frei .... production assistant
Joshua Jason .... publicist
Katelyn Lieber .... consultant
Edward Albee .... grateful thanks
Anders Frithiof August .... the director wishes to thank (as Anders F. August)
Lars Brygmann .... the director wishes to thank
Bob Fosse .... grateful thanks
Camilla Hjelm .... the director wishes to thank (as Camilla Hjelm Knudsen)
Isa Holm .... the director wishes to thank
Karin Knudsen .... the director wishes to thank
Kim Kold .... the director wishes to thank
Nikolaj Lie Kaas .... the director wishes to thank
Mia Lyhne .... the director wishes to thank
Mads Matthiesen .... the director wishes to thank
Mikael Chr. Rieks .... the director wishes to thank
Mads Riisom .... the director wishes to thank
Gena Rowlands .... grateful thanks
Paprika Steen .... the director wishes to thank

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Applaus" - Denmark (original title)
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Rated R for language
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Chile:18 | Denmark:11 | USA:R (certificate #46404)

Did You Know?

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Applause gets my applause, 7 November 2010
Author: lavender504 from United States

Applause is a such a great movie! I got the chance to see it at a film festival and was impressed with Paprika Steen's performance. It's the type of movie that definitely keeps an audience engaged. It is an absolute "must-see." As an indie film lover, I haven't come across a film recently that is able to capture an audience with such powerful emotions throughout. It relates to many people in everyday life and Paprika is such a strong actress. I keep wondering why I haven't seen her in more films. This movie leaves you with a sense of empathy if you didn't have it before and gives you a chance to look at people's lives in a different perspective, since no one knows exactly what someone else may be going through in their personal lives. Paprika's ability to convey her character Thea was perfect. Her ability to sway an audience is phenomenal. I give the film two thumbs up and can't wait to see it again!

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