Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon)
Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008)

This World War II-set thriller from Denmark concerns two members of the Danish resistance who team up on a series of missions to rub out Nazis.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 28, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The true story of the Danish resistance in WW2, though lengthy and sprawling, is gripping and competently made.

Jonathan F. Richards

Madsen has acknowledged a strong debt to Pierre Melville's 1969 classic Army of Shadows. This one deserves a seat at the same table.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A hard jewel of righteous political fury.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's fast-paced, stylish and thrilling. But it also raises one tough question.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Madsen makes the most of his budget, and he keeps pulling his camera back for long, visually sumptuous overhead shots.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
The astonishing Mads Mikkelsen and the brilliant Thure Lindhart join forces as Danish assassins targeting Nazis. The famous duo are handed orders and become… More
familiar stranger
Okay, it's a less known story of two martyrs (read 'resistance fighters' if you feel 'martyrs' is an exaggerated term) that needs to be… More
Randy Tippy
True stories seem to pack a little more umph.
Stella Dallas
a well-acted and mostly intelligent spy thriller about two famous danish resistance fighters in WW2. the atmosphere is very film noir, the story perhaps a bit… More
Cynthia S.
Well....all in all I thought that this movie was really good. Strong acting. Strong production. Strong true story. BUT, in between the action parts it really… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"There is nothing that is fair or unfair. This is war."</i> A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II… More