Flame and Citron (2008) DVD
I just happened to see this Danish movie from World War Two yesterday. It is a movie about the Danish resistance during the war, and based on real events. I was very, very impressed with the movie and enjoyed it tremendously.
It takes place in Copenhagen, 1944. As the Nazi occupation of Denmark rages, two Resistance fighters – a young idealist code named Flame (Thure Lindhardt) and tense family man Citron (Mads Mikkelsen) – become the underground's most proficient killers of collaborators and sympathizers. Time after time they are ordered to go out and kill.
The SS is hunting them. They spend most of their time hiding, and they trust only each other. But in a time where fear and mercy must live in the shadows, will a mysterious woman and a new assignment to assassinate the head of the Gestapo lead them to the deadliest places of all?
Christian Berkel co-stars in this white-knuckle, very noir thriller based on the Denmark's most infamous agents from co-writer/director Ole Christian Madsen, that critics worldwide hail as an explosive saga of justice, vengeance and the moral complexities of true heroism.
Flame and Citron is a Danish produced drama and the most expensive film made in Denmark thus far. It is directed adeptly and really captures the essence of Denmark and what it must have been like during Nazi occupation. The actors and acting was superb, the dialogues very sharp and to the point, and the movie overall both exciting, appalling and very impressive. It is a movie without any ready-made or easy answers. A strong portrayal of the confusion, anxiety, and exasperation that accompany life in trying times. Strongly recommended!
See also Max Manus for a very exciting and good movie about one of the heroes of the Norwegian resistance!
- Actors: Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen
- Directors: Ole Christian Madsen
- Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: Danish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rating: Unrated
- Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
- DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
- Run Time: 136 minutes
The Killing - DVD
The Danish TV series The Killing, a crime fiction thriller series, has become an immensely popular series on TV in the United Kingdom. The Killing is very intense, quite dark and in some ways brooding. It is a solid, very well made TV series with mystery and intrigue. The dialogue is excellent - and when you watch the series you feel you can't afford to miss any of it.
New York Times describes The Killing as "A Series With Little Action and No Sex, but Lots of Fans". And it's correct. Even so, this exceptional Danish 20-part subtitled crime thriller has been a tremendous hit on British television, and the DVD version is selling excellently. It seems it is the slowness, the emotional unfolding of the story, the unflashiness of it all, that make it so addictive. And perhaps most of all - characters that are very well drawn, that viewers can emphatize with, that seem very real and that make choices and do things in the same way real people - I, you, your friends - do.
"The series also explores the corrupting nature of power and unflinchingly examines the hidden fallout from murder – the pain and bereavement – in a way that is unprecedented in television," says The Independent in a review article.
The Killing is a superb TV series - and I - like many other viewers - feel that in The Killing, the producers, directors, actors and script writers somehow just got it all completely right: action, direction, lighting, and dialogue. It's all just right. So right, you feel, that it couldn't possibly have been done any other way. In some ways, this slowly unfolding intense drama is the hottest crime fiction drama I have ever watched!
The original series has not yet been released in the US, but even so a US remake of the first series is scheduled to premiere on the American cable network AMC on April 3, 2011! (See also the BBC website for the Danish series.) The US version has been well received: Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter gave the series a very positive review, calling it "excellent, absorbing and addictive. When each episode ends, you long for the next — a hallmark of great dramas."