• Lorna's Silence (2009)

Lorna's Silence

Release Date: July 31st, 2009

R |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

Lorna (Arta Dobroshi), a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, has hopes of opening a cafe with her boyfriend, an itinerant worker who visits when he can. She marries Claudy, a local junkie, to secure legal residency and collaborates with Fabio (Fabrizio Rongione), a low-life cab driver who arranges a hefty payoff for her to marry a Russian mobster. Lorna wants to divorce Claudy; but Fabio wants him to overdose. She knows nothing of the threatening underworld in which she will be enmeshed.

Cast: Arta Dobroshi, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Alban Ukaj, Morgan Marinne, Olivier Gourmet, Anton Yakovlev, Grigori Manoukov

Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne , Luc Dardenne

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Lucky Red

Keywords: Temptation, Marriage, Gripping, Dark, Fall, 2000s, Escape, Intense, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Renier’s performance is the best thing in the movie, although all the actors, cast partly for their faces, are part of creating this desperate world. show more

  • 100
    V.A. MusettoNew York Post

    The androgynous Dobroshi is in nearly every scene. She has an exceptional screen presence that brings authority to her portrayal of a woman seeking redemption. As for the Dardennes, they prove yet again that nobody does human frailty the way they do. show more

  • 75
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    Watching Lorna's attempt to balance self-interest and empathy can be heartbreaking. If Lorna's Silence as a whole doesn't rank among the Dardennes's best, it does follow the money to moments and characters that are unforgettable. show more

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