Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon)
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Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon)
Copenhagen 1944. Denmark is occupied by Nazi Germany. While the Danish population hopes for a swift end to the war, freedom fighters Bent Faurschou-Hviid, alias Flame and Jørgen Haagen Schmith, alias Citron, secretly put their lives at stake fighting for the Resistance. The fearless and uncompromising Flame is a dedicated anti-fascist who dreams of the day when their group will reassemble and openly launch an armed counterattack at the occupying power. The more sensitive family man Citron primarily works as a driver for Flame, but now finds himself becoming more deeply involved in clandestine… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Madsen has acknowledged a strong debt to Pierre Melville's 1969 classic Army of Shadows. This one deserves a seat at the same table."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A hard jewel of righteous political fury."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Unfortunately, although it was supposedly inspired by the morally conflicted French Resistance masterpiece Army of Shadows, Flame fizzles more than it flames."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"...a fascinating dual character study lodged within a somewhat stodgy film."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It's fast-paced, stylish and thrilling. But it also raises one tough question."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Madsen makes the most of his budget, and he keeps pulling his camera back for long, visually sumptuous overhead shots."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"...a film noir set in wartime where there's moral ambiguity almost everywhere you look as well as large measures of heroism, treachery and ordinary human failings."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"A suspenseful, often riverting drama of World War II resistance that combines old-fashioned virtues of craft and style with a more modern sense of nuance and complexity."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The filmmakers do a terrific job in placing us in 1944 Copenhagen under Nazi rule."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It winds its way through a tricky, fact-based plot that's sometimes reminiscent of film noir. At the center is a bewitching femme fatale whose allegiances and motives are less than clear."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"To its credit, the film gives full weight to the confusion and ambivalence of war; the struggle for liberation from tyranny rarely looks so dubious."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A drop-dead gorgeous period noir, rife with paranoia, femmes fatales, and good men inexorably sinking into the bloody mire and opaque texture of life (and death) during wartime."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"This film is based on a true story that director Ole Christian Madsen feels must be told with earnest noir and war-movie clichés."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
""Flame and Citron" is a spine-tingling war drama with superb acting."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan