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Flame & Citron (9/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 130 minutes.
OK for children, except for the graphic
Bent Faurschou-Hviid, aka Flame (Thure
Lindhardt) was a 23 year-old Danish patriot who killed Germans and
collaborating Danes when the Nazis were occupying Denmark during
WWII. He was a cold-blooded assassin. His driver was JÝrgen Haagen
Schmith, aka Citron (Mads Mikkelsen), who, at 33, was 10 years older
than Flame. This is director Ole Christian Madsenís tension-filled
telling of their story ďbased onĒ fact, which means that there probably
is a lot of dramatic license. But thatís appropriate because some of the
charactersí actual histories are murky (some were spies, after all), so
Madsen (along with co-writer Lars Anderson) had to make surmises about
lots of things and people. What they surmise is pretty shocking.
Flame meets Ketty Selmer (Stine Stengade,
in a mesmerizing, Marlene Dietrich-style, performance), who defines
inscrutability. She claims to be a photographer, but then it turns out
that she is much more, with connections with both the resistance and the
This isnít your typical, romantic WW II
drama. It doesnít really have any graphic sex and no humor. This doesnít
show the resistance as daredevil adventure or enjoyable, certainly not
an Eric Ambler novel or Alfred Hitchcock escapade. It shows it as a very
dangerous undertaking loaded with constant tension.
Citron, especially, is very unhappy
throughout the entire film. His devotion to the resistance is tearing up
his marriage to his beloved wife and daughter. He always looks terribly
up tight and always needs a shave, sweating constantly. Mikkelsen shows
why he is one of
Denmarkís best actors.
This really captures what it must have been
like to have been in the underground. It eventually morphs into a
position where Flame and Citron donít have a clue about whom they can
trust. Who is telling the truth and who isnít? They donít know and
neither does the audience, right up to the very end. Madsen brilliantly
creates an ambience that shows that killing Nazis and sympathizers isnít
the easy moral choice one might assume.
Some viewers might be put off by over two
hours of reading subtitles, but itís definitely worth it. In Danish and German.