PG Cooper: Flame and Citron Review

Posted: July 17, 2012 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in Film Club Reviews

Flame and Citron is set in Copenhagen between 1943 and 1944. There exists a resistance group called the Holger Danske who are fighting against the Nazis. Two of their most notorious members are Flame (Thure Lindhardt) and Citron (Mads Mikkelsen), a duo who’s job consists of going through Copenhagen and assassinating Nazis and their allies. But the two are eventually pulled into a world where they aren’t sure who can be trusted.

Flame and Citron was a movie that wasn’t even on my radar. I remember seeing a trailer for it a while back, thinking it looked interesting, and then forgetting about it. Will I’m glad I got it recommended to me because this is a great movie. The story starts out simple enough, but becomes more complicated when Flame and Citron start to realize there aren’t a lot of people they can trust. This a film fill of lies, double-crosses, informants, etc. This leads into one of the film’s main themes; the ambiguities and grey areas of war. Flame and Citron have doubts about what there doing throughout, and I admire that the film never glorified or condemned their actions, merely presented them.

The two leads are both excellent, with Thure Lindhardt playing the more reckless Flame and Mads Mikkelsen playing the more reserved and apprehensive Citron. I really liked these characters, and a big part of why the movie worked is because I was rooting for them. Director Ole Christian Madsen does a great job keeping the film tense thanks to some great cinematography and tight editing. Kudos as well to the costume and set designers who did a good job capturing the time period.

So far, this is my favourite movie I’ve watched for the film club. The acting is great, the story is interesting, and on the whole Flame and Citron is a very well-made film. It isn’t quite an A+ film, but it is a great movie that I strongly recommend to anyone with an interest in history or in film.

Rating: A

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