We all have those certain movies that we truly adore yet they remain unseen by a larger audience. They’re movies that may have gotten a smaller release. It could be that they were swept under the rug and are forgotten films. Maybe it’s a foreign release that many people don’t know much about it. Today I want to talk about movies that we love that need a bigger audience. This is an opportunity for everyone to give an unknown or underappreciated film some needed spotlight. It’s also an opportunity for readers to find some hidden gems from their fellow moviegoers. First I’ll tell you my pick and then it will be time for Your Voices.
When asked about a movie that I wish would find a broader audience, for me the answer is an easy one. I absolutely love the 2008 Danish World War 2 picture “Flame and Citron” from writer and director Ole Christian Madsen. The film is loosely based on real events and real characters who fought in the underground resistance during the Nazi’s occupation of Denmark. Flame (Thure Lindhardt) got his nickname from his fiery red hair. Citron (Mads Mikkelsen), which means lemon in Danish, got his from his days sabotaging Nazi vehicles while working at the Citroën car company. The two find themselves deeper into the resistance taking on more prominent yet dangerous roles. They also must weed through Nazi sympathizers, disgraceful turncoats, and an assortment if lies and setups.
Everything about this film shines. The fabulous cinematography, the sharp direction from Madsen, and the two amazing performances from Lindhardt and Mikkelsen. In fact, this is the movie that made Mads Mikkelsen a favorite of mine. “Flame and Citron” is filled with dramatic intensity. Whether it’s sitting in a room with a group of Nazi officers with their cover at stake or one of their narrow escapes after taking out a target. And the internal struggles are almost as dangerous as the German occupation. It’s just a brilliant film that grips you every second. I love this movie and it’s one that I champion any chance I get.
So now it’s time for Your Voices. What is an unknown or underappreciated movie that you wish others would see?
So lets get to it. Now you know my thoughts, I would like to hear yours. I hope you’ll take time to share a movie or movies that you think more folks need to see. Have you seen “Flame and Citron”? If not I hope you will give it a shot. I’m anxious to see some of the flicks you have in mind. So let your voices be heard. Thanks again!