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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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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.

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

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Release Date:

28 March 2008 (Denmark)  »

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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

The two lead actors, Mads Mikkelsen and Thure Lindhardt, had previously acted together in "Rejseholdet" Assistancemelding A-7/01, del 2 (2002). 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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Referenced in Produktionsdagbog: Prag - Berlin - København (2008) See more »

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There'll Be Some Changes Made
Written by Benton Higgins
Performed by Chicago Rhythm Kings
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Turn a Blind Eye
23 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

FLAMMEN & CITRONEN (FLAME AND CITRON) is a dark long film that will prove to enlighten many about another aspect of WW II we know very little. Written (with Lars Andersen) and directed by Ole Christian Madsen it unfolds a true story about two 'heroes' of the Holger Danske resistance moment, a large group of Danish citizens who fought to kill not only the Nazi invaders but also the Danish supporters of Hitler's movement: the heroes are Flame (Thure Lindhardt) and Citron (Mads Mikkelsen) and the course of their lives is traced with brilliant use of sound, cinematography, a pervading darkness which serves the story well, and attention to minute details that makes the viewer almost involuntarily involved with their mission, their plight and the final results of their work.

In addition to the outstanding performances of Lindhardt and Mikkelsen, there are excellent performances by Christian Berkel as Hoffman, leader of the Gestapo, Stine Stengade as the puzzling spy/counterspy/ love interest Ketty Selmer, and a cast of bit players that remain in mind's eye long after the film is over. Though produced as an epic (and the film is a very very long 130 minutes!) the interaction between the lead characters is clearly defined and they come across as credible resistance fighters whose plight is always one of duress and fear.

As in all stories about war that are honest, there is no clear line between right and wrong, between survival and heroism, and it is to Madsen's credit that he keeps us in the shadows with every encounter. War is war and it alters everyone who is touched by it.

Grady Harp


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