Actress Thea tries to adjust to life after rehab, 1 1/2 years after a divorce where her two sons stay with their dad.


Martin Zandvliet
8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Paprika Steen ... Thea Barfoed
Michael Falch ... Christian Barfoed
Sara-Marie Maltha ... Maiken
Shanti Roney ... Tom
Otto Leonardo Steen Rieks Otto Leonardo Steen Rieks ... William Barfoed
Noel Koch-Søfeldt Noel Koch-Søfeldt ... Matthias Barfoed
Malou Reymann Malou Reymann ... Påklæder (as Malou Leth Reymann)
Uffe Rørbæk Madsen Uffe Rørbæk Madsen ... Peter
Nanna Tange Nanna Tange ... Ekspedient
Michael Kastrupsen Michael Kastrupsen ... AA-mand
Annette Rønning Annette Rønning ... Bartender
Johanne Dam Johanne Dam ... Reggissør
Lars Brygmann ... George
Lisbeth Holm Larsen Lisbeth Holm Larsen ... Receptionist
Bent Arvid Nillson Bent Arvid Nillson ... Mand der kysser


When the critically acclaimed, tough and aging 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 herself and to him that she is worth the try. But the hard life on stage and the ghosts of the past slowly come 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 »

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 »


Featured in Stjernerne på slottet: Tæt på Paprika Steen (2011) See more »


Words and Music by Nikolaj Steen
Vocals, Keyboards Drums & Percussion by Nikolaj Steen
Guitars by Jonas Krag
Piano by Jesper Nordenström
Bass by Lars Danielsson
Choir by Maria Køhnke, Morten Woods, Susanne Palsbøll (as Susanne Palsbøl), Nikolaj Steen
Produced by Nikolaj Steen / Scanbox
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review of Applause
13 October 2010 | by rainkomulingSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

25 September 2009 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


DKK3,600,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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