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Flame & Citron (2008)

Flammen & Citronen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Thriller | 28 March 2008 (Denmark)
A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group.

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During Nazi occupation, red-headed Bent Faurschou-Hviid ("Flame") and Jørgen Haagen Schmith ("Citron"), assassins in the Danish resistance, take orders from Winther, who's in direct contact with Allied leaders. One shoots, the other drives. Until 1944, they kill only Danes; then Winther gives orders to kill Germans. When a target tells Bent that Winther's using them to settle private scores, doubt sets in, complicated by Bent's relationship with the mysterious Kitty Selmer, who may be a double agent. Also, someone in their circle is a traitor. Can Bent and Jørgen kill an über-target, evade capture, and survive the war? And is this heroism, naiveté, or mere hatred? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Resist at all costs.

Genres:

Drama | History | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

28 March 2008 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

DKK 45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,254 (USA) (2 August 2009)

Gross:

$145,109 (USA) (27 September 2009)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Almost every time we see a cigarette being lit on-screen, it is lit by The Flame. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot of Flame and Citron, taking place in 1944, the street shot shows a 2008-style of streetlight rather than the streetlights current in that wartime period. See more »

Quotes

Gilbert: You are a Partisan. That's very interesting. A soldier without a front. Are you a good soldier? Are you prepared to pay the price?
Flammen: What price?
Gilbert: What do you think? Your life. You see, there can only be three reasons for fighting in a war. Firstly, career opportunity. It's widespread, but does not produce good soldiers. You have a fear of dying and only think of peace. Secondly, ideology. Love of the mother country. That is much more intriguing, but the dreamer breaks down. He doesn't have the ...
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Connections

Referenced in Vild med dans: Vals og cha-cha-cha, del 2 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

From Symphony No. 3 in D Minor
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Vienna Symphony
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The making of brutal Danish heroes, one death at a time, lovingly filmed...
12 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Flame and Citron (2008)

An intensely intense film. It has great intentions, and the protagonists go around shooting Danish Nazi types in the head, which was probably a pretty good things to do during the war, at least in movie terms. It's gritty and moody, it has tension and good music and great dramatic filming (the light and the camera-work are both very clean and yet provocative).

But this cinematic prowess gets in the way of the movie a little, and the plot is slow enough that you begin to watch the surfaces of things as you go. In fact, some of the scenes (eating around large tables, meeting in broad, gloomy, almost beautiful basements) are just too pretty to support the ugly events at hand. Or so it seems. It's a vivid film, and unique, and it is a must see for World War II film buffs, just because it's so honest and so different. There are not that many Danish films about the war to start with, compared to British and American (and German) efforts.

This one is very bloody, and ruthless in both its actions and in the telling of them. Kudos for that, but warnings, too. As pretty as the filming is, it isn't always easy to watch. But that's part of the point, getting to what rises above the mere action--is it okay to kill bad people without a trial, without warning, without knowing even if they are bad at all. What is okay in war? What do we come to justify later, or at the time?


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