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Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) Reviews

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April 17, 2014
Dark, deep, intense, thrilling and raises some interesting questions about it.
February 10, 2014
A very good detailed production of this true story, where paranoia, betrayal and subterfuge exist everywhere and never knowing who you can trust within your own circle.
January 1, 2014
What more need be said. Was a great film based on actual events about a couple of heroes fighting against Nazi occupation of Denmark and realizing how easily the lines get blurred. Realistic and well done!
January 30, 2014
Danish. Mads Mikkelsen. WW2 Danish resistence. Fantastic.
January 22, 2014
great WWII suspense film and while predicable, keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat.
December 1, 2012
As a Dutchman I was raised on Second World War movies as Holland seemed to produce nothing else in the seventies and eighties. A lot of these were resistance movies obviously like "Het Meisje met het Rode Haar" en "In the Schaduw van de Overwinning". None of them could match the standard bearer "Soldaat van Oranje" however and that film still stands today as the benchmark for resistance films from NW Europe. Now Denmark adds to the canon with this film and it comes close to the quality of Soldier of Orange. Close, but not quite there. There are a few reasons, one is that Lindhardt obviously is no Ruther Hauer. Two, we do not have much of a backstory on these two heroes, we can't place them readily. Three, the plottwists are distracting from the central theme, which is the Danish resistance story overall and the use of violence in this struggle and the effect on the fighters themselves. It is still a good film though, with super bankable Mikkelsen delivering another great performance, and a final shoot-out reminiscent of John Milius' "Dillinger". It is interesting that Soldier of Orange's director Paul Verhoeven also had another go at a warmovie recently ("Zwartboek") and how Flammen og Citronen stands head and shoulders above that piece of rubbish.
September 29, 2013
Is it okay to kill? Maybe it is, especially against a brutal and illegal enemy but those who live by the sword die by the sword. The movie wasn't able to go in depth as much as I would have liked about this interesting subject but it did Okay and held my interest for a couple of hours. Berkel did a wonderful job as Hoffman, Gestapo leader in Denmark, I found him compelling and frightening.
September 15, 2013
I quite enjoyed it, but it was probably about 30 minutes longer than it needed to be. Mads was amazing, as usual. Hats and pants were coveted.
September 5, 2013
Literate WWII espionage film.
August 30, 2013
Standard World War II thriller, nothing particularly memorable, good or bad. Saw it for Mads Mikkelsen, and he gives a good performance. Actually all of the acting is solid in the movie. As far as Danish Nazi spy thrillers go (there's so many), I preferred "Black Book" to this one, even if it was a little more melodramatic.
June 12, 2013
Not a great film -- often repetitive, narratively cliched, overlong -- but the cinematography is beautiful and the filmmaking respectable; ditto the performances by Mads Mikkelsen and Thure Lindhart. If you don't know their names yet, you will.
July 6, 2013
Great film. Beautiful cinematography.
Sylvester K

Super Reviewer

June 30, 2013
Pretty much what the consensus describes, a little bit too lengthy but good drama nonetheless based on the truth story about the Danish resistance group in WWII. Flame and Citron and two of the top assassins of Nazis who struggle with their own lives as the light in the tunnel became less bright. Though I don't think it was accurate, but the acting by two of my favourite actors: Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen worked marvelously.
Robyn Nesbitt
December 7, 2012
An authentic, richly detailed political thriller that powerfully captures an overlooked piece of history--the resistance to the Nazi occupation in Denmark. The anti- "Inglorious Basterds''- a story about heroic Nazi killers in which heroism itself sinks under bewildering crosscurrents of motive and uncertainty. Breathtaking cinematography with style to spare, accompanied with an engaging fact based storyline leads to an extraordinarily well-done film directed by Ole Christian Madson. However and collectively, this film isn't about Nazis or the Danish resistance per say, or the things people did to survive--it's about romancing these heroic figures in spectacular style.

The setting is in Copenhagen near the end of the Nazi occupation, and D-Day is fast approaching when the movie begins. Flammen (Thure Lindhardt) and Citronen (Mads Mikkelsen) are unlikely partners in the resistance. The former is a flame-haired youngster who kills without reservation, (except for women and children)--while the older is the driver, who is torn between providing for a better life for his wife and daughter, and his allegiance to the 'greater cause.' Flame and Citron are assassins in an underground organization eliminating Danish citizens who have embraced the occupation and joined German forces. They are concerned with the bureaucracy of organized violent resistance - an interesting angle. The two heroes would prefer to be freelancers, but they have orders and they must follow. Their situation becomes more desperate and dangerous for the increasingly isolated pair when a traitor was suspected in the ranks of the resistance when several of its members end up dead. Knowing whom to trust becomes impossible when their mission is now in question. The movie often feels more like film noir than a war picture both in the way it is shot and in the manner in which the characters are portrayed. Flame and Citron lurk in the shadows and corridors--Tommy guns are emptied into motorcars, as well as their occupants with great flair. "Flame and Citron'' is torn between honoring and subverting the rules of the WWII resistance genre, and it insists on seeing the two leads as heroes-- even as events spiral downward beyond their control. The anti-Nazi righteousness we crave from our movie devolves into paranoia, wrongful death, and a bleak landscape in which allegiances can never be pinned down. The script (based on actual events) by Madsen and Lars Andersen, wades right into the ambiguity of wartime morals and self-deceit.

Despite being a gorgeous period noir, "Flame & Citron" reminds us that assassins like these may have earned a heroic status for their cause and actions, but they also killed innocent people along the way. Though the material might lend itself to heavy-handedness, director Ole Christian Madsen is steady in his approach, and he gets terrific performances from the two leads. Resistance isn't futile, but it does come with its own terrible cost.
May 11, 2013
Excellent movie about resistance in Denmark. What I particularly liked was how it managed to capture both what war, even the covert form, can do, psychologically to a person (particularly watch the arc of Citron). But also the dilemma of resistance movements: have too little security, and the enemy finds you and kills you, but be too cautious, and paranoia might take over, leading to an implosion of the organization amid mutual suspicion and recrimination for imagined betrayals. What is true and false becomes increasingly difficult to discern, and who is enemy and friend, too.
May 6, 2013
Solid WWII tale of a couple Danes doing what they can against the Nazis.
April 24, 2013
Terriffic piece of filmmaking...
April 1, 2013
Powerful drama about two Danish Freedom fighters during World War 2
March 20, 2013
Danish Film Noir - but in colour. Can be hard to follow as details are not explained; likely because so many in Denmark know the story of these WWII assassins.
September 7, 2008
Very engaging movie with great performances by the leads. I loved how it showed the dark side of the resistence and the moral complexities that goes along with anything of the sort.
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