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Applause(Applaus)

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Denmark
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2009

1h 25m

Director Martin Zandvliet
Starring Paprika Steen, Michael Falch, Otto Leonardo Steen Rieks, Noel Koch-Søfeldt
Genre Drama
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Though successful, actress Thea Barfoed began a downward spiral in her struggle with fortune and fame which took years of recovery. Now, having just finished rehab, she faces a new challenge-- Alcoholism has cost her the custody of her two sons, but Thea will do anything to have them back.

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90

Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

Applause may present as gritty European realism, but the struggle inside Thea is almost theological in scale, and worthy of Milton or Kierkegaard.
60

Time Out by David Fear

Her (Steen) emotional acrobatics are reason enough to sit through Applause's parade of pain, though it's a movie to admire rather than enjoy.
50

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

When an actress gives herself as wholly as Ms. Steen does here, a filmmaker should return the favor with a comparable level of craft and commitment, which is largely absent from this movie.
75

The A.V. Club by Sam Adams

Zandvliet's direction lacks Steen's gradations. The handheld, rubbed-raw style wears thin after a while, growing monotonous and wearying.
60

The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

The simple but affecting film begins a weeklong award-qualifying run Friday before opening in stateside art houses Jan. 21, and is worth a look for its gutsy and commanding central performance.