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When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age 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 her self and to him, that she is worth the try. But the hard life on stage, and the ghosts of the past slowly comes knocking on her door. Thea is forced to face her inner voices. She is bound to give in to her faith, and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Applause" is a very minor film with a massive performance at its center."
‑ Ryan Lattanzio, San Francisco Chronicle
"Paprika Steen makes this particular character her own. And makes us join her adoring on-screen audience as we watch her play out -- gorgeously, horrifyingly -- her own tragic scenes."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"A whirlwind demolition derby of an acting job by Ms. Steen."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"An engrossing, unflinchingly honest drama that showcases Paprika Steen's haunting, brave and tour de force performance."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"In a more just universe, the film and Paprika Steen's performance would be part of the Oscar discussion, instead of an imported curiosity."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Steen [is] in every scene of the film and crafts an intricate portrait of a woman teetering on the brink, but never toppling."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Director and co-writer Martin Pieter Zandvliet draws inspired work from Steen. You feel her every emotion."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The story is not new, but the film's measured take and Steen's volatile performance are worth seeing."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This pummeling drama about a self-absorbed, alcoholic actress who fails as a wife and mother is all about the intense performance of star Paprika Steen. A bonanza to be devoured by students/practitioners/fans of the thesp trade."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"a very stilted emotional experience"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"As much of [Steen] as there is, you'll want more."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"There's no real fight in Applause, though there is indisputably a great deal of acting."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Applause has moments of flourish and moments that reach towards something as pared down as Thea's play, but it ultimately can't match the candor Steen brings to the screen. Really, little can."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"As a showcase for its star, the Danish actress Paprika Steen, it's still rewarding in its own quiet, jarring way."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline
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