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


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

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The true story of the Danish resistance in WW2, though lengthy and sprawling, is gripping and competently made.



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Average Rating: 3.9/5

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This World War II-set thriller from Denmark concerns two members of the Danish resistance who team up on a series of missions to rub out Nazis.

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  • Madsen has acknowledged a strong debt to Pierre Melville's 1969 classic Army of Shadows. This one deserves a seat at the same table.

    Jan 15, 2010 | Full Review…
  • It's fast-paced, stylish and thrilling. But it also raises one tough question.

    Dec 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It winds its way through a tricky, fact-based plot that's sometimes reminiscent of film noir. At the center is a bewitching femme fatale whose allegiances and motives are less than clear.

    Dec 17, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.

    Dec 17, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Madsen makes the most of his budget, and he keeps pulling his camera back for long, visually sumptuous overhead shots.

    Nov 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • [An] atypical and moody noir war film.

    Sep 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

The astonishing Mads Mikkelsen and the brilliant Thure Lindhart join forces as Danish assassins targeting Nazis. The famous duo are handed orders and become expertly proficient at executing their orders. The script makes sure to enter real character struggles as each murder does weigh on their minds. The violence is handled with a shocking honesty that never feels acceptable, even if the victims are Nazis. The film takes a seriously dramatic and conflicting turn when we dicover that perhaps those giving the orders weren't exactly innocent and perhaps some of the targets weren't as bad as we had thought. It leads us to a number of brilliant shoot-outs which are handled in a way that is never obvious nor sentimental.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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True stories seem to pack a little more umph.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Well....all in all I thought that this movie was really good. Strong acting. Strong production. Strong true story. BUT, in between the action parts it really kind of dragged. Plus, I think they could have shaved off maybe 30 min or so. That being said, this is one of my favorite subjects, and this movie really did try hard to tell an excellent story. Word of advice: Dont watch this and Benjamin Button in the same day. Both really good movies, but you may have to take a nap in between the two.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Okay, it's a less known story of two martyrs (read 'resistance fighters' if you feel 'martyrs' is an exaggerated term) that needs to be told. Effort appreciated. But besides that the movie fails to rise above an average based-on-a-true-story action thriller war movie with a bit of interwoven romantic track. The blending of these genres isn't handled quite efficiently, & often served as a distraction for me. Regarding performances, while the 2 lead actors Thure Lindhardt (Flammen) & Mads Mikkelsen (Citronen) are impressive, the actress Stine Stengade (Ketty Selmer) seemed as a miscast to me. The supporting actors (actors playing Winther, Hoffmann, Gilbert, etc.) are credible, though. Finally, while not a must watch, the movie has its fair share of interesting moments & is quite watchable once. P.S. I'm not sure, but the term 'martyrs' may serve as a spoiler. Thought I should have the decency to let ya know, despite of being unsure. Hope I did the right, kind & helpful thing by mentioning about this (potential) spoiler alert.

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