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Le silence de Lorna (2008)

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Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar. They need money, and a permanent resident status. Claudy is a junkie - he needs... See full summary »

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Jean-Pierre Dardenne (as Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne), Luc Dardenne (as Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arta Dobroshi ... Lorna
Jérémie Renier ... Claudy Moreau
Fabrizio Rongione ... Fabio
Alban Ukaj Alban Ukaj ... Sokol
Morgan Marinne Morgan Marinne ... Spirou
Olivier Gourmet ... L'inspecteur
Anton Yakovlev Anton Yakovlev ... Andrei
Grigori Manoukov Grigori Manoukov ... Kostia
Mireille Bailly Mireille Bailly ... Monique Sobel
Stéphanie Gob Stéphanie Gob ... Nurse
Laurent Caron Laurent Caron ... Commissaire
Baptiste Somin Baptiste Somin ... Morgue Attendant
Alexandre Trocky Alexandre Trocky ... Doctor
Cédric Lenoir Cédric Lenoir ... Bank Attendant
Cécile Boland Cécile Boland ... Female Doctor
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Storyline

Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar. They need money, and a permanent resident status. Claudy is a junkie - he needs money to satisfy his addiction. Andrei, the cigarette smuggler, must hold up for a while outside Russia; he has loads of money. Fabio, the Italian taxi driver and aspiring gang boss, elaborates a clever scheme: he will pay Claudy to marry Lorna so that she acquires a Belgian citizenship. Then she is to re-marry Andrei, who will in this way obtain the coveted EU passport - and pay a hefty price to Fabio and Lorna for the service. Like all plans, this one will not survive the contact with reality. Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | Albanian | Russian

Release Date:

27 August 2008 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

El silencio de Lorna See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,411, 2 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$337,696, 29 November 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


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A powerful and memorable film experience
6 September 2010 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Co-directors and co-screenwriters Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne are perennial favorites from Cannes and other prestigious film festivals, and even though their most recent film Lorna's Silence disappointed to various fans of European art-house cinema, I liked it very much, mainly because of its hypnotic narrative and brilliant performances; both aspects seem simple and minimalistic on their shape, but they deeply express unexpected levels of complexity and emotion.

The Dardenne bros. are obvious heirs of the thematic and stylistic legacy of the cinema from the French "new wave"; so, Lorna's Silence fits into the archetype of the deep and serious European cinema, whose intentions are very different to the ones we are accustomed to see in North American cinema.That may make the film a bit inaccessible to some people, but personally, I appreciated that very much, because it offers something different to the Hollywood drama and its predictable formulas.The only thing I could say against this movie is that I would have preferred the ending to be less ambiguous; nevertheless, that is a minor complaint.

So, I very enthusiastically recommend Lorna's Silence to those people who are not afraid of watching a film which is very distant to what we are accustomed to see in Hollywood dramas.I admit that my expectations before watching Lorna's Silence were very low, because I usually do not like those sordid dramas about suffering and sadness which do not lead anywhere (such as, for example, The Burning Plain or 21 Grams).Now, I see that that perception can change when there are genuine filmmakers with the intention of enlarging our understanding of cinematographic art behind the cameras, instead of pretentious directors and screenwriters who desperately try to win the Oscar.In summary, Lorna's Silence is a powerful and memorable film experience which has a lot to offer to the spectator.


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