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Applaus (2009)

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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 ... See full summary »

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

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Cast

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
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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 »
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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

25 September 2009 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Aplauso See more »

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Budget:

DKK 3,600,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 Applaus (2009). See more »

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Referenced in Live fra Bremen: Episode #1.1 (2009) See more »

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Requiem In D Minor Dies Irae
Master Recording: from the soundtrack Amadeus
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Performed by Neville Marriner (as Sir Neville Mariner) and The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Courtesy of Saul Zaentz Film Company and Concord Music Group, Inc.
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This film got my applause!
12 January 2011 | by mv_310See all my reviews

Having seen a number of leading female bravura performances this past year, I thought I had sealed shut my choices for best actress. I then had the pleasure of seeing the independent Danish film, 'Applause,' and Steen, without hesitation, became my favorite performance of the year (even vis-a-vis Portman as the fragile yet delusional Nina in 'Black Swan').

Although, on its face, the storyline may come across as another hackneyed portrayal of a melodramatic woman coping with alcoholism, Steen's performance brings forth such a raw and entrancing glimpse into the mind of Thea that you can't help but also feel her frustration and helplessness. Nevertheless, even though you see Thea at her lowest, you can still sense some maternal substance in her, which offers levity to an otherwise bleak ending.

An absolute tour de force performance that is a must-see!


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