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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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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

With a budget over 10 million dollars this is one of the most expensive movies made in Denmark. 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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Exceptional...
29 March 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film about the Danish resistance reminded me an awful lot of Jean-Pierre Melville's brilliant film "L'armée des Ombres" (Army of Shadows), as both were true stories about the resistance to Nazi occupation and were great because they were well acted and without a lot of frills. Good, crisp direction, exceptional tension and excellence throughout--that's how I'd describe both films.

The title of the film comes from nicknames given to two famous resistance fighters who specialized in assassinations--mostly of Danish collaborators but also, occasionally, Nazis. What made this all so interesting is that after a while, it really became uncertain whether the two were actually now killing the good guys instead of the bad. Who was an informer and who really deserved to die was tough for the audience to figure out--and it was also quite difficult for Flame and Citron. I liked this vague aspect of the film--as war isn't always 100% cut and dry.

Overall, I have no negative comments about the film. It was exceptionally well made but unfortunately practically none of my fellow Americans will ever see the film, as sadly, most feel that it's too much trouble reading subtitles and would rather see a remake of "Friday 13th part 178"!! As for me, it just confirmed that the Danes have made some exciting films--such as "The Celebration" and "Babette's Feast"--and the Danish-Swedish co-production "Evil".


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