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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Applause gets my applause
lavender504 from United States
7 November 2010
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
6 out of 52 people found the following review useful:
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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