Cinema, Scandinavia and WWII

World War II seems to have preoccupied Scandinavians recently. Two WWII movies new to Americans are showing up here. Both works are edgey and suspenseful, and use the War as a major theme, but they are very different. The first, Flame + Citron, concerns two Danish resistance fighters who battle the Nazi occupiers. It's based on true events.

The second film, Dead Snow, is a gore fest. Flesh-eating Nazis, remnants of the army that invaded Norway, rise up in modern day to prey on attractive young Norwegians. You know what they say: "Ein, zwei, DIE!" Or something like that.

Both countries were occupied by Germany in WWII, and both nations are mining their wartime past for compelling cinematic stories.

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