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

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September 5, 2013
Literate WWII espionage film.
½ 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.
July 13, 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.
½ July 6, 2013
Great film. Beautiful cinematography.
Super Reviewer
½ 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.
June 17, 2013
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.
½ April 24, 2013
Terriffic piece of filmmaking...
April 1, 2013
Powerful drama about two Danish Freedom fighters during World War 2
½ 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.
½ February 27, 2013
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.
Super Reviewer
February 16, 2013
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.
February 13, 2013
I mean... it was ok... nothing spectacular... based on true life events.
½ February 13, 2013
An authentic, richly-detailed political thriller that powerfully captures an overlooked piece of history--the resistance to the Nazi occupation in Denmark. The anti-"Inglourious 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 a 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)--while the older is the driver, who never has taken a life, and is torn between his wife and daughter. and his "cause." Flame and Citron are assassins in a underground organization eliminating danish citizens who have embraced the occupation and joined German forces. Flame and Citron 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 motor cars as well as their occupants with 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. "Flame & Citron" reminds us that assassins like these may have earned a heroic status for their cause and actions, but they also killed innocents along the way. Though the material might lend itself to heavy-handedness, director Ole Christian Madsen is steady, and he gets fine performances from the two leads. Beyond that is a drop-dead gorgeous period noir, rife with paranoia, femmes fatales, and good men inexorably sinking into the bloody mire and opaque texture of life (and death) during wartime. Resistance isn't futile, but it does come with its own terrible cost.
½ January 28, 2013
Intriguing true spy/resistance thriller taking place during WW2
January 11, 2013
One of the best movies i've seen in a long time period.
January 8, 2013
This is an awesome espionage assassin film about two Danish Nazi assassins. Mads Mikkelsen brings the pain along with his bloodthirsty counterpart Thure Lindhardt. If you enjoy Nazi revenge films like I do this movie is amazing. Also based on true events.
½ December 13, 2012
Extremely boring. Why is it that danish instructors are unable to make a good action movie?
December 6, 2012
Trop froid comme film, mais bon, un fait vécu dramatique historique, depuis quand c'est coloré t'sais...
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