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Flame and 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,254 (USA) (31 July 2009)

Gross:

$145,109 (USA) (25 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

Near the beginning of the film, there is a montage showing, among other things, a resistance fighter tied to a post and being executed. A square white piece of paper is attached to his torso as a target. Immediately after he is shot we see four bullet holes in the paper forming a "parallelogram" pattern. Moments letter, in a close up of the dead fighter, the bullet hole pattern is reversed. It's pretty obvious that the paper had been taken off between scenes and then reattached backwards relative to the first shot. 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

Featured in DR2 tema: Året der kommer (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

A Glorious Dream
Written by Kai Ewans
Performed by Kai Ewans and His Swinging 16
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User Reviews

 
Powerful, Intense & Disorienting
24 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story, this twisting tale of two second world war folk heroes of the Danish resistance unfolds with noir-ish intrigue. Atmospherically photographed on a fat budget, the film looks stunning but retains a gritty period realism.

The performances are universally strong and there is a real chemistry between the two central characters; Mads Mikkelsens' quirky Citronen, a twitching, sweaty bundle of amphetamine-fuelled nervous energy and his sole ally, the flame-haired, but relatively cool-headed Flammen (Thure Lindhardt).

This is a war film - but the war we experience here has a dreamlike, claustrophobic quality. This is a world of lies, paranoia and spiralling violence which threatens to erode our heroes moral certainty and destroy their sanity.

A buddy movie with echoes of "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid" (without the jokes); "Bonnie & Clyde" (but with swastikas). There's even a little "Naked Lunch" thrown into the mix.

The first film I've seen by director Madsen has left me intrigued, impressed and hungry for more. Recommended 8.5/10


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