Flame & Citron (Danish: Flammen & Citronen) is a 2008 Danish drama/action co-written and directed by Ole Christian Madsen. The film, a fictionalized account based on fact, is about two Danish resistance movement fighters nicknamed Flame and Citron, during the Nazi occupation of Denmark in World War II. The most expensive Danish film produced to that date, it was highly successful at the box office and won numerous awards
En Kærlighedshistorie aka Kira’s Reason: A Love Story (2001) dir. Ole Christian Madsen
I’m a huge fan of Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing’s Troels Hartmann) and I wanted to discover more of his work in Denmark and I happened upon this little gem. It’s extremely low budget and shot hand-held a la Dogme 95.
The film is a character study of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Kira (Stine Stengade) has recently left a mental institution and finds it difficult to reintegrate within society and is constantly paranoid about her husband, Mads (Lars Mikkelsen) activities whilst she has been away - he fails to admit to his affair with her sister. Their relationship is one of pure passion and devotion to each; they give all their energy and still continually fail.
Like Kira, the film is unpredictable and the unsettling camera work is a simplistic choice made by Madsen to interpret the true extent of Kira’s psychological disorder. It is a film of close-ups, grainy textures and disjointed camera angles. I was captivated by the conflicted, child-like nature of these two adults. Stengade and Mikkelsen were wonderful and I was very happy to have discovered it!
This film was awesome. It was about two Dutch resistance fighters during WWII and it was everything you want a resistance film to be. It was based on a true story. There was intrigue, double crossing, a bad ass redhead, subtitles, and plenty of killing Nazis. Theres not much more to say about it. Highly highly recommended.