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Le silence de Lorna
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Lorna's Silence (2008) More at IMDbPro »Le silence de Lorna (original title)

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Lorna's Silence -- In a new film from the internationally acclaimed Dardenne Brothers (L'Enfant), a desperate young immigrant (Arta Dobroshi) struggles with her conscience after she makes a merciless pact with a Russian mobster.
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 & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Immigration Issues: Money/Crime/Commitment/Love See more (22 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
Jean-Claude Gonçalves De Almeida .... projectionist technician (uncredited)
 

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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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Aspect Ratio:
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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Immigration Issues: Money/Crime/Commitment/Love, 5 April 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

LORNA'S SILENCE is a film that very quietly grabs you by the throat and makes you pay attention to the stories of several emigrants that spin out of control. It is written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne with an eye for verismo in the seamier side of the immigration problems.

The story is set in Belgium where Lorna (Arta Dobroshi) works at a dry cleaners then goes home to her 'husband' Claudy (Jérémie Renier), a junkie who has been duped by Lorna and her little crime gang of cab driver Fabio (Fabrizio Rongione) and her boyfriend Sokol (Alban Ukaj)into marrying Lorna so that the Albanian girl can gain Belgian citizenship. Claudy seems a hopeless case, in withdrawal for the umpteenth time but committed to getting off heroin. He pleads with his 'arranged wife' to help him with his attempt to get clean. Meanwhile Fabio has other plans: Lorna is to 'marry' a wealthy Russian mobster to gain Belgian citizenship (a second arranged marriage) and in order for the second marriage to occur, Lorna must consent to letting Claudy overdose on heroin and die, making her a widow eligible for marriage. The other side story is that Lorna, now a Belgian citizen, can proceed with Sokol to set up a snack shop with Sokol using all the money she gains from the 'marriage game'.

All is well until Claudy convinces Lorna to help him get to a hospital and get 'clean' and along the way Lorna's feelings for Claudy turn to compassion and passion. An incident occurs that throws all of the plans to the wind and Lorna is left with her secret and will hopefully manage to find a stable life without the crime influence.

The acting is first rate and the moody atmosphere created is spellbinding. This is a little film that has a lot to say about the plight of immigrants.

Grady Harp

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