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Flame & Citron (2008)

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

Writers:

Lars Kristian Andersen (as Lars K. Andersen), Ole Christian Madsen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thure Lindhardt ... Flammen
Mads Mikkelsen ... Citronen
Stine Stengade ... Ketty Selmer
Peter Mygind ... Aksel Winther
Mille Lehfeldt ... Bodil (as Mille Hoffmeyer Lehfeldt)
Christian Berkel ... Hoffmann
Hanns Zischler ... Gilbert
Claus Riis Østergaard ... Bananen
Flemming Enevold Flemming Enevold ... Spex
Lars Mikkelsen ... Frode 'Ravnen' Jacobsen
Jesper Christensen ... Flammens Far
Lærke Winther ... Cap (as Lærke Winther Andersen)
Peter Plaugborg Peter Plaugborg ... Lillebjørn
Martin Hestbæk Martin Hestbæk ... Storebjørn
Thomas Voss ... Teddy
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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.


Certificate:

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Details

Language:

Danish | German

Release Date:

28 March 2008 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,254, 2 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$145,109, 27 September 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,186,084, 31 December 2008
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (3 part TV-miniseries)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

When Citron, his wife and daughter are in the car on the beach, there are no wheel trails in the sand. 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

Cheek to Cheek
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Svend Asmussen
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Powerful, Intense & Disorienting
24 October 2008 | by Howard VauseSee 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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