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      Flame & Citron

      Released Jul 31, 2009 2h 12m History Drama War Mystery & Thriller List
      86% Tomatometer 70 Reviews 82% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Gunman Flame (Thure Lindhardt) and his partner Citron (Mads Mikkelsen) assassinate Nazi collaborators for the Dutch resistance. Assigned targets by their Allies-connected leader, Aksel Winther (Peter Mygind), they relish the opportunity to begin targeting the Nazis themselves. When they begin to doubt the validity of their assignments, their morally complicated task becomes even more labyrinthine. Though Flame romances enigmatic Ketty Selmer (Stine Stengade), Citron may be his only ally. Read More Read Less

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

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      Hank Sartin Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review Jonathan F. Richards Film.com Madsen has acknowledged a strong debt to Pierre Melville's 1969 classic Army of Shadows. This one deserves a seat at the same table. Jan 15, 2010 Full Review Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post It's fast-paced, stylish and thrilling. But it also raises one tough question. Rated: 3/4 Dec 17, 2009 Full Review Kaleem Aftab The List The film is too staid and over-conscious of its own importance to be entertaining. Give me The Great Escape any day of the week. Rated: 2/5 Nov 4, 2018 Full Review Kelly Vance East Bay Express A hard jewel of righteous political fury. Aug 29, 2011 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh Playback:stl ...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. Rated: 8/10 Dec 18, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      R 9 Very interesting story! 'Flame & Citron' is a film certainly worthy of your time. It does probably overrun a little with a 130 minute run time and could pick up the pace here and there, though overall this historical drama from 2008 makes for intruiging viewing. It's very well made. I had no knowledge of the real life of those portrayed, so it's good to learn of their World War II involvement; albeit with the usual stretched truth/fictionalization/whatever that films tend to do. The titular characters are played by Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen, both give super performances as the former particularly impresses. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/07/23 Full Review Louis g The story is, frankly, heavy and sad. And at least as a prerequisite for a proper understanding of the film, you need to know the position of Nazi Germany in Denmark. In my opinion, this is Thure Lindhardt's best film and Mads, who plays Citron, is also excellent. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/19/22 Full Review isla s This is quite a gripping film - its gritty and dark, with interesting characters and a good, solid performance from Mads Mikkelsen. As a war based drama its quite good, with interesting plot development and a good amount of tension throughout. I can't comment on how historically accurate it may, or may not, be of course but its certainly quite a watchable film. I thought the cast did well - you can see the anger and hurt in their facial expressions at times, that made it seem more tense and gripping. I found myself guessing what the next plot twist may be - trying to second guess the narrative. I would recommend this film, yes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Ned P Pretty good World War II thriller, but curiously flat in some places. The plot could have been a little more coherent. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/02/18 Full Review Audience Member Well made, but hard to get through. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review lovro h That was quite an experience! Flammen & Citronen stars Mads Mikkelsen and Thure Lindhardt as Danish assassins in 1944 who are being assigned targets to assassinate, but things get complicated when they found out there's a traitor among their order and they've been killing people who they thought were someone else. I won't go deeper into the story as there are many plot twists and shocking reveals along the way and it would be a shame if I spoiled you. I never heard of these two people before watching the movie, so everything that happened was new to me. The acting is fantastic! Mads and Thure are amazing as the assassins. And everyone else did a great job, but these two guys stand out. The characters are also very well developed and intriguing. As I said, there're many shocking reveals and you will find yourself, many times during the movie, doubting what some of the characters are saying. The whole movie has a very 'noir' feel to it. It feels like a gangster/mafia movie in time of World War II, which is good, not bad. What did bother me a bit was the length of the movie. The movie feels too long for the story it's trying to tell, but the shocking ending is well worth the time spent. All in all, a fantastic war drama with great acting and characters, intriguing story and an epic finale, albeit too long. I would highly recommend checking this movie out. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Gunman Flame (Thure Lindhardt) and his partner Citron (Mads Mikkelsen) assassinate Nazi collaborators for the Dutch resistance. Assigned targets by their Allies-connected leader, Aksel Winther (Peter Mygind), they relish the opportunity to begin targeting the Nazis themselves. When they begin to doubt the validity of their assignments, their morally complicated task becomes even more labyrinthine. Though Flame romances enigmatic Ketty Selmer (Stine Stengade), Citron may be his only ally.
      Director
      Ole Christian Madsen
      Producer
      Lars Bredo Rahbek
      Screenwriter
      Lars Andersen, Ole Christian Madsen
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      Nimbus Film ApS
      Genre
      History, Drama, War, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Danish
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 31, 2009, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 19, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $145.1K
      Runtime
      2h 12m
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