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Applause (2009)

Paprika Steen , Martin Zandvliet  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paprika Steen
  • Directors: Martin Zandvliet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EO2I6N8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Critically acclaimed, alcoholic actress Thea Barfoed (Paprika Steen) has gone through turmoil, resulting in a divorce and the loss of custody of her two boys. Eager to break with the past, regain control over her life and get her children back, she uses charm and manipulation to persuade her ex husband, Christian, that she is able to take back the mantle of motherhood; but ironically, she has not completely convinced herself. On stage, Thea plays ''Martha'', the aggressive and wounded wife in ''Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe''? Off stage, the actress is mixed up in a drama that has many of the same tragic, toxic ingredients. As Thea contends with the rigorous demands of stage life and a past that haunts her, she must face her inner demons. But what she and her family both know is that Thea is Thea, a prima donna better suited to acting her heart out than living an ordinary life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Danish film December 29, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Paprika Steen is a fantastic actress and in this film she shows a full range of emotions as an alcoholic woman desperately seeking custody of her children. Highly recommended to anyone appreciating good drama and great acting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "A Histrionic Rant" December 9, 2013
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A bit too much to take, this is a histrionic rant involving the main character's dual role as a narcissistic stage actress and a woman battling alcohol addiction. The primary thrust is that of a marital and parental crisis that gradually escalates to the point where one begins to develop a sense of dread and to perceive potential dangerousness. All-in-all, however, this subtitled production is unremarkable. Both from the standpoint of interest level and as an over-the-top performance perhaps designed to mimic a "real life" depiction of a rancorous Edward Albee play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facing your own past with regrets January 7, 2013
By Mikey
Format:DVD
This film displays the fantastic talents of actress Paprika Steen who plays Thea, an actress, just having coimpleted a period in rehab to deal with her alcoholism. While drinking Thea divorced and lost custody of her two young children, but now wants them to be part of her life again. After having consent from Christian, her ex-husband, we then see Thea battle the demons of her past.
A very moving realistic account of a woman's battle with the drink is given a trulyt magnificent performance by Steen in this Danish language film with English subtitles.
Fans of the recent Danish The Killing III will recognise the psychologist in Applaus played by Sara-Marie Maltha (Rosa Lebech in The Killing) in 2009 production.
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I was glad I got to see this film without knowing anything about the story other than that the main character is an actress performing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. That's it! It was nice to watch a story unfold without already having seen something in a preview that "gives away" a plot point!

The acting is really wonderful, quite moving. Enjoy!
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