2000s Flame and Citron (2008)

Published on February 7th, 2013 | by Chris

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Flame and Citron (2008)

Movie directed by:
Ole Christian Madsen

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4
On February 7, 2013
Last modified:February 7, 2013

Summary:

Dark, Brooding, Suspenseful, Violent, Unrelenting... Just the way I like them.

Flame and Citron (2008)Flame and Citron is a very brooding, dark, and quite depressing movie about two members of the Danish resistance during WWII, "Flammen" (Thure Lindhardt), so named for his red hair... and "Citronen" (Mads Mikkelsen) so named because, well, I guess because of his sour personality.  Just guessing.

The movie depicts their actions as they gun down Nazi's and their sympathizers in the streets, with the usual and expected amount of seriousness.  The plot thickens when SS Commander Hoffman (Christian Berkel) appears, providing them with their arch-nemesis, and primary target, despite calls to contrary from the resistance leadership, and from the Communist party officials....

The pair is shown in conflict between what they feel they must do as good Danish citizens, and what the resistance leaders tell them, what the government tells them, and what the Allied influences ask of them....  There are moments where you know they're right, but yet they're still wrong (such as getting revenge for a Nazi retaliation killing)....  At times the violence simply begets more violence.  True, ugly, but it makes for a good story.

Also in the mix is Ketty, (Stine Stengade), a double agent who gets involved with Flame and provides yet another level of suspense and intrigue into the fray.  Who is she really working for? What is her role in all of this?

As dark and brooding and depressing as this movie is, I actually liked it.  I liked it primarily because of the mood, which never lets up.  Not for a minute.  Mikkelsen especially just has a presence here that is crushing.  There is no levity here, and that's as it should be.  The suspense and intrigue also are top-notch in my opinion.  "Trust no-one" could have been the motto of the movie, if the X-Files hadn't subverted it already.

I don't really want to spoil the ending, but you can probably guess it doesn't end on a high note.  And you'd be right.  The final scenes, while maybe a big indulgent are still quite to-the-point.

Not one for the kids, because of the graphic and unapologetic violence, some sex and nudity, lots of way serious moments, but mainly because I doubt it would hold much interest.  If you're going in expecting lots of car chases, explosions, and Bond-style antics, don't bother.  Well, and its entirely in Danish and German, so there's that.

Speaking of Bond....  (Trivia time!)  Interesting to note that Mars Mikkelsen (as Le Chiffre) and Jesper Christiansen (as Mr. White) both appear in this movie, much as they did in "Casino Royale."

Going with 4/5 for Flame and Citron. Simply because I love a good dark depressing broody tale of justice, revenge, murder and suspense.

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UK Import Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. Please note the special features are in the PAL format and thus not viewable on US PS3/Standard BR players. The main feature is fully viewable on all players though...

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Actors:
  • Thure Lindhardt
  • Flemming Enevold
  • Jesper Christensen
  • Mads Mikkelsen
  • Stine Stengade

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5.0 out of 5 stars Because I'd seen the excellent Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal, September 30, 2015
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I didn't know what to expect from this one. Because I'd seen the excellent Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal, I was curious about his other work. The premise for this was really intriguing. Not gonna lie, I love stories that are filmed beautifully, from the principal actors to the scenery the entire thing is gorgeously presented -- which makes it all the more haunting in how desperate and devastating this noir work is. Beauty, counterpointed by tragedy. It also had the added benefit of introducing me to a slice of history that doesn't get discussed in America, such as other countries outside of England, France and Germany who were affected by the Nazi regime. I love foreign films, so subtitles don't bother me, but if you're one of those people who can't be bothered if everything isn't Americanized for you, just don't. The beauty is lost on you, this film is perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb film, despite hyperbole., September 21, 2013
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Flame and Citron, the most expensive Danish film ever made (to my knowledge), is a polished .WWII Madsen of a movie, a gleaming production with requisite attention to detail. As other reviews have noted, the characters are not without flaws, and dutifully employed by the actors; Flame particularly crackling, brooding, intense, with the increasingly popular Mads Mikkelsen as his supporting, conflicted, disaffected partner. Key moments in the film are punctuated with dramatic camerawork and snappy timing in the edits; time was clearly spent refining the film, not exhibiting any of the rush-job Hollywood-ism happening stateside. The conflict in Denmark is well-lit here, depicting the split in Nazi reception and the double-agency of taking sides. The history is delivered in a rich, exciting package, with characters which are complex and sympathetic. My only blip if I had to take issue with something, was some truly unbelievable plot concoctions in the later portion of the film. Don't get... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply A Great Film, September 27, 2013
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I have to say that I am not one for war movies, but this film was fantastic. I was so interesting to see WWII through the eyes of another country other than the U.S. I was intrigued by the emotion and dedication these characters had. You can't help but admire how passionately they fought for what they thought was right. Mads Mikkelsen as Citron was magnificent. I was so drawn into this inner struggle that I almost lost sight of the greater theme of the movie. Citron struggles internally with the violent acts he has to see/commit. And, you can see through Mikkelsen's dynamic face and mannerisms how badly Citron yearns to be the good man his family wants, but also the soldier is nation needs. The film is deep, through-provoking, and just a beautifully directed/acted/written piece of cinema.
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Summary: Dark, Brooding, Suspenseful, Violent, Unrelenting... Just the way I like them.

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One Response to Flame and Citron (2008)

  1. the war movie buff says:

    Agree. One of my favorite Resistance movies. Mikkelson is mesmerizing and you can see why he made the jump to movies like “Casino Royale” (much to the despair of Daniel Craig’s genitalia).

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