Flame & Citron (Flammen & Citronen, Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany, 2008)

Whose side are you on?

Whose side are you on?

This is a terrific war movie infused with film noir. Based on a true story it portrays Flame and Citron’s fight against the Nazis and, it transpires, the internal politics of the resistance. Usually resistance fighters are presented as noble, self-sacrificing heroes and, no doubt, many were. However, the internecine politics represented here is a far more convincing portrayal complete with a femme fatale who could’ve been out of Hollywood movies made during the ’40s.

The acting is terrific and the set design is particularly striking. Like The Counterfeiters (Austria-Germany, 2007) the film offers a different take to the well-trawled subject of World War II and does so with a gripping narrative that reveals moral complexities. The moral ‘black & white’ of traditional war movies has been replaced by nuance that allows the spectator to understand better the moral quandaries of the time.

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