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Lorna's Silence -- A woman trying to gain citizenship with her boyfriend, marries into the mob.

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Writers:
Jean-Pierre Dardenne (written by) &
Luc Dardenne (written by)
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Release Date:
27 August 2008 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Lorna's secret See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arta Dobroshi ... Lorna

Jérémie Renier ... Claudy Moreau

Fabrizio Rongione ... Fabio
Alban Ukaj ... Sokol
Morgan Marinne ... Spirou

Olivier Gourmet ... L'inspecteur
Anton Yakovlev ... Andrei
Grigori Manoukov ... Kostia
Mireille Bailly ... Monique Sobel
Stéphanie Gob ... Nurse
Laurent Caron ... Commissaire
Baptiste Somin ... Morgue Attendant
Alexandre Trocky ... Doctor
Cédric Lenoir ... Bank Attendant
Cécile Boland ... Female Doctor
Serge Larivière ... Pharmacist
Philippe Jeusette ... Locksmith
Sophia Leboutte ... Claudy's Mother
François Sauveur ... Claudy's Brother
Christian Lusschentier ... Male Nurse in Emergency Room
Stéphane Marsin ... Dealer
Laurence Cordonnier ... Bank Assistant
Anne Gerard ... Woman at Funeral
Annette Closset ... Nurse at Gynecology
Isabelle Dumont ... Cleaning Women's Boss
Patrizia Berti ... Police Woman
Leon Michaux ... Policeman in Plainclothes
Alao Kasongo ... Receptionist at Emergency Room
Claudy Delfosse ... Micky
Faruque Ahmed ... Cashier at Telephone Shop
Marie-Ange Pougin ... Colleague at Cleaning Company
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Directed by
Jean-Pierre Dardenne 
Luc Dardenne 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Pierre Dardenne (written by) (as Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne) &
Luc Dardenne (written by) (as Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne)

Produced by
Olivier Bronckart .... line producer
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Jean-Pierre Dardenne .... producer
Luc Dardenne .... producer
Sabine de Mardt .... associate producer
Denis Freyd .... producer
Stefano Massenzi .... associate producer
Christoph Thoke .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Alain Marcoen 
 
Film Editing by
Marie-Hélène Dozo 
 
Production Design by
Igor Gabriel 
 
Costume Design by
Monic Parelle 
 
Makeup Department
Milou Sanner .... hair stylist
Nathalie Tabareau .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Thomas Alfandari .... post-production supervisor
Paul Bogaty .... unit manager
Philippe Groff .... unit production manager
Delphine Tomson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Ravagnan .... second assistant director
Caroline Tambour .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Julie Brenta .... sound editor
Nicolas Cantin .... sound mixer: second unit
Philippe Charbonnel .... assistant sound mixer
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound recordist
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
Julien Sicart .... boom operator
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tanguy Delhez .... electrician
Amaury Duquenne .... assistant camera
Laurent Van Eijs .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Eol Çashku .... casting executive: Balkans
 
Editorial Department
Raphaëlle Dufosset .... digital dailies colorist: Eclair
Tristan Meunier .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Jean-Yves Dupuis .... production administrator
Philippe Groff .... location scout
Marika Piedboeuf .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Henry Ingberg .... in memory of
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le silence de Lorna" - Belgium (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity, and language
Runtime:
USA:105 min | France:105 min
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Trivia:
Before being cast as Lorna, the only words Arta Dobroshi knew in French were the days of the week.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Silence, ça tue! (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Since You're Back In TownSee more »

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Lorna's secret, 25 May 2009
Author: Ralph Ignacio Litardo (lancaster@fibertel.com.ar) from Capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Another powerful Dardenne brothers "social cinema".

The view is relentlessly depressing, coherently so. Everything is "grey". Perhaps a ray of light shines when Lorna helps Claudy out of his habit and they ...; the next day she seems spontaneously happy, even her clothing seems to have colour (red). Fabio, as a perfect small time mobster, brings us back to reality. That (Lorna's) mental health is finally a casualty in this world without empathy should come as no surprise to us, wealthy bourgeoisie viewers: we don't face their problems and life without attributes, just "survival" in an urban setting. Notice the poverty of "symbols" at their house. Claudy only has his CDs (which only make him look even more childish) but Lorna's got... nothing. Few sparse clothing and a toothbrush. The ending is soaring indeed.

I can add little but to say that there are some loose threads, in my opinion a bit too loose but, as a friend said: "It's French cinema, what do you expect :)?" (The Russian plot being brought to a halt for ... reason, the split in the couple, the sudden idealization of Claudy, to the point of giving his "son" everything. It's obvious she won't get far having done what she did, but I guess we're into her head, which became rather cloudy near the end (so she being left "free" is just that, an illusion).

I'd have liked Sokol's character a bit more of screen time. He seems in love, then hurried back to work, then grouchy near the end, without any explanation of his jerky moods. Jérémie is a hell of a good actor. I didn't have much faith in him, but it's not his thinness, his tight jaw or stare into emptiness. He IS despair. Lorna...Arta Dobroshi had a "make or break" role here, and she delivered a thrilling performance. Nuanced, of a person probably without much "mystery" for our standards. But very real, as any low class suburbs in an industrialized country. She seems perfectly cast for the role. Yes, she's very beautiful, but her face not being perfect, her thinness being natural, not fit like Hollywood actresses (and without any aesthetic surgeries) all make for her a probably too nice "dry cleaner's", but nevertheless, believable in her constant strive for money (where to hide it, what to do with it, etc). The way the Moreau family treats her, even regarding $, is perfect. If only they knew... I like that Lorna is far from perfect. She was fed up of Claudy, even considering murder as "just another option". Yes, her sudden outburst of emotion gives some very timely "drama" to the plot :), but I feel it was worth it.

The naturalist script is what makes this film flow.

Music is great. Beethoven's Sonata 34 op. 111 by Alfred Brendel sounded outlandish, like it were part of another, more abstract world. It is a shocking contrast to the world down below, empty of any feelings. As such, I think it's a brilliant emotional resource.

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