Flame and Citron

Flame and Citron

DVD - 2010 | Danish
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Copenhagen, 1944. A young idealist codenamed Flame and tense family man Citron are two Resistance fighters who become the underground's most proficient killers of collaborators and sympathizers. The Nazi SS is hunting them. They trust only each other. But in a time where fear and mercy must live in the shadows, a mysterious woman and a new assignment to assassinate the head of the Gestapo may lead them to the deadliest place of all. Based on the Holder Danske's most famous agents.

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lakeland53
Apr 06, 2019

Two Danish Nazi resistance fighters and what they go through fighting in the Resistance. Funny, well look around sometimes and say we're having a bad day. During the Nazi occupation of Europe, none of those people had good days. The film shows the hopelessness of the people whose cultures, habits, lifestyles were suddenly torn from them by a tumultuous war. The two leads, Flame and Citron, make this all apparent. Their anger and rage was turned into fighting back, as did so many of the peoples in Europe. This film is worth the watch. It made me feel grateful for all my freedom and lifestyle.

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steve1111
Oct 11, 2018

Ignore the comment below - it's their loss! I could critique "Flame and Citron" however "Nursebob" below gives an excellent account. Perhaps I'll reward the movie with a higher rating as it kept my interest enough to view it again many years after release.

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greatflicks
Dec 09, 2017

Did not notice that this movie is in a foreign language. We will not sit and read the conversation so after 5 minuets we turned it off.

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trotter73
Dec 28, 2016

good movie based on Danish resistance during WWII, focuses on 2 assassins that go by the code names Flame and Citron.
It kept me interested wondering who could be trusted, there seemed to be a lot of double agent deals going on.

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akirakato
Feb 03, 2016

This is a 2008 Danish war-time drama directed by Ole Christian Madsen.
It is a fictionalized account based on historical events during the Nazi occupation of Denmark in World War II.
It dipicts war as a complicated experience that goes beyond a good-versus-evil dichotomy.
It also explores themes of love, betrayal, moral dilemma and the emotional aspects of relationships.
With the excellent performances of the major actors, the film will give you a lot of thought-provoking moments.

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Barsby
Jun 08, 2015

Engaging film. The acting was superb. The story was a tad confusing and rushed at the very end (due to lengthy earlier scenes, is my guess). It does make you read up on them though.

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dprodrig
Feb 16, 2015

Saw this over six months ago and it still sticks in my head as one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen in a good long while. The truth of being a resistance fighter is not knowing who to trust, and questioning all. There are also a lot of events in this film to stretch anyone's credulity, like would you really not disguise yourself, walk down the street with impunity with your flaming red hair, if you are known for it? It you like big drama, action including a very dramatic ending, and lots of intrigue then this film is for you.

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laurenewcomb
Feb 08, 2015

A film that explores the harsh realities behind wartime heroism, often glossed over. Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen are exceptional. For those complaining about the ending, specifically Citron's last stand, it actually happened, so I don't understand labeling it "die hard" or unrealistic. In fact, it was likely even more intense than depicted. SPOILER: He killed 11 German soldiers before they set fire to the safe house to drive him outside, and they shot him when he escaped the flames.

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Nursebob
Dec 27, 2014

In occupied Denmark during WWII an underground organization of partisans played a key role in the assassination of several key nazi leaders and Danish collaborators. This film is based on the exploits of two such men, nicknamed Flame and Citron. Rather than a straightforward war epic filled with courageous deeds, Madsen takes a much bleaker approach showing the darkness that can dwell even in the hearts of those we call heroes. Both men are dealing with their own personal demons and the endless killings, no matter how justified, begin to take their toll. Furthermore they begin to suspect that those responsible for deciding who is to be “liquidated” may have ulterior motives of their own. “Flame and Citron” has a definite noirish feel to it with its dark lighting, sexy dames and tangled plot filled with double-crosses and false leads....and therein lies its weakness. The convoluted storyline drags the film down considerably and a tacked on love story just seems to get in the way. Furthermore, after watching scene after scene of mob-style shootouts you begin to feel that you are watching a Scandinavian version of “The Godfather”. Finally, the climactic gun battle towards the end stretches the limits of believability past the breaking point. A sincere effort but not all that good.

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LindaMarion
Jul 10, 2014

Started out slow but by the end it all fit together. Totally enjoyable. never heard the danish language so much. Highly recommended!

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Ron@Ottawa
May 10, 2013

Violence: Plenty of killings here, some at point blank.

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