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Jean-Pierre Dardenne (written by) &
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Release Date:
27 August 2008 (Belgium) See more »
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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3 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Another superb film by the Dardenne Brothers See more (22 total) »


  (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 designer
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 .... 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
Location Management
Julien Denis .... location assistant
Philippe Groff .... location scout
Other crew
Jean-Yves Dupuis .... production administrator
Marika Piedboeuf .... script supervisor
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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Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity, and language
USA:105 min | France:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Since You're Back In TownSee more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Another superb film by the Dardenne Brothers, 12 March 2012
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

The Belgian film "Le silence de Lorna" was shown with the title "Lorna's Silence" (2008) in the U.S. The movie is co-written and co-directed by the brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

The protagonist, Lorna, who is from Albania, has made a pact with the devil. It involves her marriage of convenience to a Belgian citizen, so that she can become a Belgian citizen. Once she becomes a citizen, the plan is to remove her husband. Then, in another marriage of convenience, Lorna, as a widow, can marry a Russian who in turn will become a Belgian citizen. Lorna wants to become a citizen so that she can obtain a loan to open a snack shop in Belgium. She wants the cash for startup money.

The plot is crafted by a Belgian cabdriver, who has no compunction about doing whatever it takes to move up in the gangster world. If Lorna's husband, a drug addict, has to be eliminated, that's not a problem.

So, everyone has dreams--of cash, of a snack shop, of citizenship, of underworld advancement.

The problem is that the drug addict, Claudy, is obviously in love with Lorna, and he's desperately trying to stay clean. Lorna has sympathy for this needy, suffering young man, and she'd like to adjust the pact with the devil to somehow spare him. However, what she learns is that the devil doesn't like people who want to change the pact.

Arta Dobroshi, as Lorna is, indeed, from the Balkans. (So, it's not a stretch for French speakers to accept her authentic accent.) Ms. Dobroshi is a superb actor, and gives a brilliant performance as a woman who is basically decent, but finds herself in a less-than-decent situation.

Jérémie Renier is excellent as her husband, Claudy. My wife and I admired his work before in another Dardenne brothers film--"La Promesse." It's really easy for Claudy to slip back into addiction, and it's really hard to stay clean, but he can do it if Lorna helps him.

The Dardenne brothers specialize in films where bad things happen, often to good people. The curator who introduced the film said that the Dardenes specialize in films that offer no hope, but I don't fully agree. They specialize in hard films where tragedy is never far away, but the films do hold out hope for redemption. This is not always enough, but it's better than nothing.

We saw the film on the large screen at the excellent Dryden Theatre in George Eastman House in Rochester. However, it should work well on DVD.

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