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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 »
User Reviews:
An interesting new approach for the Dardennes. 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
Faruk Ahmed ... Cashier at Telephone Shop
Marie-Ange Pougin ... Colleague at Cleaning Company

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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An interesting new approach for the Dardennes., 28 February 2012
Author: Rockwell_Cronenberg from United States

With Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's fifth feature film, Lorna's Silence, they decided to take a surprisingly unique approach to their style in that they made it look more like a film than anything they had done before. Gone are the intimate, gritty hand-held tracking shots that place the audience into the perspective of the characters and shoot from odd, seemingly improvised angles. Instead, each shot here is much more staged and deliberate, focused on Lorna (Arta Dobroshi) and making sure the audience is able to appreciate all of her surroundings in each moment. It was an interesting approach from the Dardennes and I have to admit a little jarring at first, but this step into a more conventional shooting style provided the film with a contrast from their previous work that I certainly appreciated.

As much as I adore their other work, it was nice to see them trying something new and ultimately it worked. The more conventional style does a service for the more conventional narrative structure of the film as well, as for the first time they work with a central plot that encompasses the entire picture, rather than focusing on a more free-formed character study. Lorna is an Albanian emigrant living in Belgium, in an arranged marriage to Claudy (Jeremie Renier) in order to acquire Belgian citizenship so that she can enter another arranged marriage with the Russian Andrei (Anton Yakovlev) after her and Claudy divorce. It's an elaborate scheme all run through Fabio (Fabrizio Rongione), a taxi driver looking to make some extra cash.

The setup is unexpectedly complex for the Dardennes, but what's not unexpected is how they approach the story primarily as a way to explore this character. They're not worried about whether the audience is keeping up with all of the semantics of the arranged marriages and divorces because they aren't too worried about it either; instead they're focused on how all of this is impacting Lorna, and that puts them right into their wheelhouse. In exploring this character, they take their trademark understated approach, letting the emotions sink in rather than explode outwardly. This provides for some fantastic internal acting by newcomer Arta Dobroshi, who shines even more tremendously in the few moments where she is able to let those emotions come out. The role marks a genuine "star is born" performance from Dobroshi, someone who we will hopefully be seeing much more of in the near future.

The supporting cast all puts in great work, but I have to give particular mention to Renier, who shines once again in an unusual way. The Dardennes have used Renier in four of their six feature films and it's easy to see why. Without changing his physical appearance remotely he is somehow able to be a complete chameleon in each of his roles. The way he holds himself, the way he moves, the way he approaches any given situation, each and every role he is a completely new person and it's extraordinary to watch because you don't see this guy acting at all. He is the true definition of an actor, one who strips away any semblance of himself and disappears entirely into each and every new performance he gives. You look at his work in L'Infant, this and the Dardennes next feature The Kid With A Bike and it's unbelievable the transformations he goes through.

One of the many interesting things here was the physicality of the film, how the muted emotions were able to manifest themselves in the physical moments such as Lorna slamming her head into a wall to prove that Claudy beats her or the raw and brazenly intimate sex scene. It's in these moments that the Dardennes' more authentic, quieter approach demonstrates it's true ability, making things that would seem ordinary in most films come as a shock and leave a lasting impact on the viewer.

I won't give anything away, but around the halfway point the film takes a turn that I wasn't expecting at all and completely through me for a loop. While the Dardennes had been traveling a more conventional path than usual, in the final act they take Lorna's journey to a decidedly unique place. Their originality shines bright in this final act, with scene after scene that had my jaw open simply over how innovative they had taken the story. I can't give anything away and ruin it for others, but Lorna's Silence began in a more traditional route than I had come to expect from the Dardenne brothers and ended up going somewhere even less conventional than we had seen from them before. Yet another tremendous achievement from two of the best writer/directors working today.

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