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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Referenced in Silence, ça tue! (2008) See more »

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Immigration Issues: Money/Crime/Commitment/Love
5 April 2010 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

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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