Film pick: Applause

One of the biggest boons of the Dogme 97 movement, Danish actress Paprika Steen is as intense and piquant as her name would suggest. In Martin Zandvliet's Applause (2009), she plays Thea Barfoed, an actress just out of rehab. With her life in ruins, Thea tries to get it back together by playing Martha in a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - a role that proves an inspired, if unwise, choice. Applause screens as part of the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film's "CineCaché" series at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge | December 20 @ 8 pm | $10; $8 students, seniors, and Brattle and Chlotrudis members | 617.876.6837 or

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