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review of Applause
rainkomuling from United States
13 October 2010
I saw Applause from Hamptons International Film Festival. Mother-child
concerns are the main story in Appause. Thea has strong career but she
is an alcoholic and a divorced women who lost custody of her kids. Thea
loves her kids, she tries to stay on the wagon. She tried to get the
custody at first, she gave up in the end. How great the character of
the mother is. She loves her kids so much, she really wants to stay
with them, and her kids love her also, she realizes that she is not
able to stay with them. That's the most difficult decision her
character has to make. I like the ending, because there is no clear
answer to her situation. Thea keeps trying and gets the custody of her
kids, but I don't think she can always be a good mom. To stop drinking
for an alcoholic is a very long and difficult process, and whenever she
drinks and gets drunk, the kids are gonna have a hard time. I love this
movie because the character of the mom is great, and she knows herself,
and the ending sparked my imagination: can she stay sober successfully,
or will she just give up and turn back to be an alcoholic?
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Recycling the dogma
Jimpansy from Denmark
21 September 2009
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
So this is not another dogma-movie, but why oh why do Danish movie
makers insist on the hand held camera and the grainy pictures? Does
this make it more believable, do we Do reality look anything like that?
Another brain fart, another artsy movie without any substance
whatsoever. Only intention is trying to be high culture. And that
obviously can be achieved only by emulating better and older movies
that did the hand held thing first. There may have been a point to this
sheet initially, but boy am I tired of the lack of imagination. Right
now I'm willing to watch any crap Danish movie if the pictures are in
focus. I'm terribly sorry, but making the world look like I've
forgotten my contacts do not make it art! Especially not after having
watched the bloody style for 15 years now.
So now for the movie itself. A story about a theater diva on a downward
spiral fueled by alcohol. In itself a quite appealing setup. The main
character, Stella, is supposed to be sexy, charming, troubled, exotic.
Steen does not however make us believe it. It's obvious she herself
wants to be all of the above, but it comes out pathetic. Overacting,
ridiculous screaming and she can't seem to leave her one comic
trademark behind either.
As for the story it's supposed to be depressing and dark, but nobody
has the courage to make it so. It turns out rather bland instead. Does
she end up murdering her children? The suspense is killing me! Well she
doesn't and I don't care.
The actors do fine work for the most part, Michael Falch, even the the
children, but perpetual overacting from this unfunny comedienne turned
serious actor is embarrassing to say the least.
The movie is rather short though. It felt long, but wasn't. The only
positive I can think of! Come on Denmark. Shake the beast that is Lars
Trier and dogma movies and reinvent yourself. Because this current
tendency makes me sad!
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