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Flame & Citron(Flammen & Citronen)

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Denmark, Germany, Norway

2008

2h 10m

Director Ole Christian Madsen

Starring Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Peter Mygind

Genre Drama, History, Thriller, Adventure

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During Nazi occupation, two assassins in the Danish resistance take orders from a leader in direct contact with the Allies. One day they receive orders to kill Germans, and a target reveals that they are being used to settle private scores. They must navigate doubt and betrayal in order to survive and identify a double agent.

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80

Village Voice by

Flame & Citron is the film that the horribly overrated "Black Book" could have been, had Paul Verhoeven not indulged in the puerile reversals of sensitive Nazis and treacherous partisans.
70

Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

If you're looking for an action thriller, this isn't it. The pace is deliberate, the tone is pensive, albeit punctuated by occasional violence, and the style is exceedingly lean; characters reveal themselves mainly through moral choices.
70

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

What Flame & Citron has are decent men taking down Nazis (always a crowd pleaser) and some appealing actors — notably Mr. Lindhardt, Mr. Mikkelsen and Christian Berkel as the head of the Copenhagen Gestapo.
70

NPR by Mark Jenkins

The movie's storytelling can be as old-fashioned as its appearance. Some sequences are quick and messy, but others are grand and theatrical.
80

Variety by Todd McCarthy

An absorbing, shades-of-gray look at home-front intrigue in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. Ole Christian Madsen’s accomplished fourth feature plays out on a much larger canvas than he’s used previously and offers nuance and ambiguity in equal measure with violence and tragedy.
50

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

As directed by Ole Christian Madsen, the thriller features well-choreographed shootouts and assassinations. But the script is too melodramatic and complicated for its own good.

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