Today it’s 68 years since the Germans marched into Denmark, and I don’t know if it’s coincidence or design that the film Flammen & Citronen (Flame and Citron) about the Danish resistance, is on just now.
Having grown up in a country that escaped being at war, it feels slightly surreal to think about what went on just across the border in Denmark, and how different the war must seem to the descendants of those who resisted. It’s so easy to think of resistance movements as something romantic, made up for action films, but it involved normal people, going about normal life.
Flammen and Citronen were real people, and this film shows what they did and what happened to them. The film brings out the uncomfortable truth that it must have been very difficult even to know who could be trusted, and who might be double crossing you. Did Flammen and Citronen kill innocent people, or was that just lies, too?
Beautiful film, set in Copenhagen and partly on Jutland. Citronen was played by Mads Mikkelsen, who is in everything these days. But he’s good. Was interested to find Hanns Zischler from the Swedish television series about Beck, who turns out to be German. Always thought he spoke funny. Thure Lindhardt as Flammen looked very period 1940s.
And as Daughter said, you can understand a surprising amount of what they say if you can tear your eyes away from the slightly wobbly subtitles. Subtitles aimed at the Americans, I hasten to add. Wish this film would get a wider airing than a few select cinemas. I gather it was huge in Denmark, and it deserves to be big elsewhere, too. Lucky we have Cornerhouse here for these ‘obscure’ films.