Flame & Citron
Ole Christian Madsen
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Based on true events, critically acclaimed and the most successful Danish film ever, this mega-budget production is set in occupied Copenhagen in 1944. While the population hopes for a swift end to the war, freedom fighters Bent (23), alias Flame and Jorgen (33), alias Citron, secretly put their lives at stake fighting for the Resistance. The fearless and uncompromising Flame is a dedicated anti-fascist who dreams of the day when their group will reassemble and openly launch an armed counterattack at the occupying power. The more sensitive family man Citron primarily works as a driver for Flame, but finds himself becoming more deeply involved in clandestine activities. Desperate, disillusioned and with a sense of having been betrayed by their superiors, they decide only to trust each other and concentrate their efforts on getting to the much hated and feared chief of the Gestapo. "A deeply involving look at people living permanently on the knife-edge of danger" – Turan, LA TIMES. From IFC Films.
"War is Hell" even in Denmark
General Sherman said, "War is Hell" -- I'm not sure how that translates into Danish, but the German translation is "Krieg ist Hölle." Flame & Citron is a powerful testament to that sentiment: the duplicity of human nature, where do loyalties lie … during wartime it's survival at all costs, until you have nothing left to lose.
I only wish it were easier to find movies like this. In the U.S., no one has heard of this movie. A WWII movie from the perspective of Danish resistance fighters, and a story told with realism rather that hollywood hype. Personally, I only seek out movies that are based on real people and real heros. This movie amazes me, in that it shows the strength and courage that people are capable of, but doesn't cut out the sometimes cruel but realistic parts of life. I would recommend this movie simply because I think more people should know that these people existed, and died to protect...well, everyone else. Max Manus is another one on my 5 star list.
It was a nice unexpected find, tragic of course, but interesting and well done