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  • Summary: Recovering alcoholic stage actress, Thea Barfoed has gone through turmoil. Having divorced her husband, Christian, and relinquished custody of their two boys during her heavy drinking days, Thea wants to start over. As her past alcohol use and indiscretions still haunt her, the reality of a new beginning seems bleak. Thea uses her inner actress’s charm and manipulation to convince her ex-husband that she is fully recovered and capable of being a good mother to their children; however, she hasn’t completely convinced herself. (World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 20, 2011
    91
    In his debut feature, the director is wise enough to move his hand-held camera wherever Steen wants to go.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 20, 2011
    90
    Applause may present as gritty European realism, but the struggle inside Thea is almost theological in scale, and worthy of Milton or Kierkegaard.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 15, 2011
    89
    Which ultimately is what Applause is really about: applying the greasepaint of the daily mundane over the scar tissue of a damaged life, striving for a reality outside of a bottle (and off the stage) while still maintaining some semblance of what made this particular lion roar in the first place.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 20, 2011
    70
    A small movie with modest ambitions, and accordingly, it packs only a modest emotional punch.
  5. 70
    As much of her (Steen) as there is, you'll want more.
  6. 60
    The feature directorial debut of Martin Zandvliet, Applause has moments of flourish and moments that reach towards something as pared down as Thea's play.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 21, 2011
    40
    Steen, her face full of remorse, does a great job of portraying someone unclear of where to go or what to say without a script.

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  1. Jan 24, 2011
    9
    Paprika Steen does and amazing job in this film. The sum of all the subtle nuances in her performance (the sideways glances the trembling hands, etc.) add up to and incredibly well done and captivating performance. And with the great majority of the film shot in extreme closeup on Steen, in his directorial debut, Martin Zandvliet, proved he knew where this film's power lies. It may be true to say that this otherwise average film is carried by Steen's performance, but she proves she is more than capable of the task. I will be interested to see what she does next. Expand

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