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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 »
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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...
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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
Katrine 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 .... sound 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)

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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 »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
a great Danish movie, 28 October 2010
Author: lovemily623-876-137943 from United States

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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