Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon)
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Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon)
Festival cause célèbre Ole Christian Madsen -- the director of critically championed prior efforts including Kira's Reason (2001) and Prague (2006) -- turns away from the domestic drama that characterized his earlier filmography with this unusual period thriller, adapted from historical events. Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen star, respectively, as Flame and Citron. As two members of the anti-Nazi Danish resistance during the Second World War, their activities predominantly consist of hunting down and rubbing out Denmark's most prominent Nazi collaborators, and thus furthering the… 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