Flame & Citron

Flame & Citron

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The myths surrounding the Danish Resistance during World War II are scathingly reassessed through the eyes of two of its legendary heroes in this action-packed thriller. More

The most expensive film ever made in Denmark it was also a massive homeland hit. Mads Mikkelsen is Citron, a family man who's initially sickened by the idea of murder but who grows into a vicious killer. Thure Lindhardt is Flame, a dapper red-headed assassin who becomes racked by uncertainty. Smuggling British pilots by night and assassinating Nazis by day, they are heroes. But as the war grinds on, the contradictory orders of their British and government-in-exile commanders and their inability to discern friend from foe among colleagues and superiors leave the pair increasingly isolated, a danger to their comrades and themselves.

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2008Rating: R16, contains violence and content that may disturb130 minsDenmark, Czech Republic, GermanyIn Danish and German, with English subtitles
CrimeDramaThrillerWarHistorical

Flame & Citron | Reviews

Variety

Variety

An absorbing, shades-of-gray look at home-front intrigue in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. Ole Christian Madsen’s accomplished fourth feature plays out on a much larger canvas than he’s used previously and offers nuance and ambiguity in equal measure with violence and tragedy.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Though the material might lend itself to heavy-handedness, director Ole Christian Madsen is steady, and he gets fine performances from the two leads and Stengade.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A taut, handsome production -- the most expensive Danish film to date -- and it looks like a film noir, as indeed the costumes, cars, guns and fugitives force it to.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A deeply involving look at people living permanently on the knife-edge of danger, Flame & Citron does more than radically rethink the World War II resistance drama. Its biggest accomplishment may be to make these historical conflicts and dilemmas seem surprisingly contemporary.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This searing, stylish account of World War II heroism from Denmark's Ole Christian Madsen avoids period realism, conveying the story of two heroes of the Danish resistance as a noir thriller, complete with shadowy alleys, double-crosses galore and the requisite femme fatale.

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