Applause -- Film Review
4:07 PM PST 12/3/2010 by Sheri Linden
Taking deep bows to John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, the Danish film "Applause" is a showcase for the formidable talents of actress Paprika Steen. A leading figure in Scandinavian film and theater, she’s delivered memorable turns in a number of Dogme films, including "The Celebration," displaying a knack for comedy as well as drama. In "Applause," the story of a successful actress fumbling to get her life back on track after hitting bottom as an alcoholic, Steen owns the screen.
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.
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