Flame and Citron
- Kaleem Aftab
- 5 March 2009
World War II is so en vogue right now. Sixty years after the end of the war and the movie world has decided it no longer needs to trot out The Dam Busters line that the allies were all heroes and all Germans were Nazis. Recently we’ve had Clint Eastwood’s Iwo Jima double whammy, Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie, The Reader, The Boy With Striped Pajamas, Defiance … and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Now Denmark is weighing in, with this tale that demystifies two of it’s big war heroes – Flammen (Thure Lindhardt) and Citronen (Mads Mikkelsen). A big hit in Denmark, where the two fighters belonging to the Holder Danske WWII resistance group are legends, the film will have less significance to an international audience or anyone without a specialist interest in WWII. Director Ole Christian Madsen (Prague, Nordkraft) runs through all the clichés of resistance films and his twist is to show that not everything that the duo did resulted in, or was inspired by, doing good. Onetime Bond villain Mikkelsen is his usual good self but the film is too staid and over-conscious of its own importance to be entertaining. Give me The Great Escape any day of the week.
GFT, Glasgow and Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Fri 6 Mar.