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Flame & Citron is a danois film of genre Drama directed by Ole Christian Madsen released in USA on 25 march 2008 with Thure Lindhardt

Flame & Citron (2008)

Flammen & Citronen

Flame & Citron
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Released in USA 25 march 2008
Length 2h10
OriginDanemark
Genres Drama,    War,    Thriller,    Biography,    Historical,    Crime,    Politic
Rating72% 3.6486153.6486153.6486153.6486153.648615

Flame & Citron (Danish: Flammen & Citronen) is a 2008 Danish drama co-written and directed by Ole Christian Madsen. The film, a fictionalized account based on fact, stars Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen as two Danish resistance movement fighters nicknamed Flammen and Citron, during the Nazi occupation of Denmark in World War II. Attracted by the story of the pair since he was twelve, Madsen spent eight years along with co-writer Lars K. Andersen researching historical archives to produce it.

Madsen's idea was to bring attention to the story of Flammen and Citron as he felt it had been neglected or misrepresented. The most expensive Danish film produced to that date, it was co-produced by German companies because initially there was no interest in producing the film in Denmark. Portraying the protagonists as morally ambiguous characters, the director tried to show war as a complicated experience that goes beyond a good-versus evil dichotomy. The film also explores themes of love, betrayal, and the emotional aspects of relationships.

Borrowing visual and narrative references from film noir and the French film Army of Shadows, Flame & Citron was released in Denmark on 28 March 2008 to positive reviews. The most-watched film in the country that year, it was praised mostly for the actors' performances, dramatic style, and depiction of war and its moral dilemmas. Considered an art-house film by some critics, the film was compared, both favorably and negatively, to Army of Shadows and other war films; it also sparked a debate over its historical accuracy. Additionally, it was nominated for both domestic and international film awards.

Synopsis

Set after the Nazi invasion of Denmark, the film focuses on the Holger Danske resistance group's Bent Faurschou Hviid (known as Flammen) and Jørgen Haagen Schmith (known as Citron). In a bar, Bent flirts with a woman, who identifies herself as Ketty Selmer and disturbs him by saying his real name. Bent and Jørgen follow the woman, and she tells Bent she is an emissary from Stockholm to Copenhagen.

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