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Subtle and emotionally bleak, this gripping thriller features the Dardenne brothers' recognizable penchant for realism and very strong performances. Read critic reviews

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Lorna (Arta Dobroshi), a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, has hopes of opening a cafe with her boyfriend, an itinerant worker who visits when he can. She marries Claudy, a local junkie, to secure legal residency and collaborates with Fabio (Fabrizio Rongione), a low-life cab driver who arranges a hefty payoff for her to marry a Russian mobster. Lorna wants to divorce Claudy; but Fabio wants him to overdose. She knows nothing of the threatening underworld in which she will be enmeshed.

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  • Sep 11, 2013
    A cold, bleak Belgian film that gives equal importance both to what is not seen and heard and what is. "Lorna's Silence" is a rigid character study by the Dardenne brothers that will be challenging to many. The goal here was seemingly to reflect on the power of absence and silence, and while this focus makes it feel weightless and even pointless at times, these are intentional design choices that offer up food for thought with varying degrees of success.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2010
    Seriously. Are some of my reviews vanishing? I can swear that I already talked about this one. I love everything that the Dardennes put together and this is no exception. Very strong performance from Arta Dobroshi here as a young woman who must do what she needs to do to survive. Gripping.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2010
    I haven't seen a movie quite like Lorna's Silence for a long time. I really do love these films that are just so pretentious, exadurated, and melodramatic, yet strangly plausible. For the most part the audience has to figure out what is going on for themselves. This really works well, especially since the plot is relatively simple. At the same time it is thoroughly engrossing to watch. I have no idea if the whole citizenship underground/espionage actually exists, but it is fasinating on-screen. Lorna's Silence does absolutely everything you would expect from a film of its prestige and style; and to top it off, its really rather good.
    Jake . Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2009
    In Lorna's Silence, there is little of the convention. The fine-written screenplay says it all. The film is so dark with hidden emotions that are overwhelmingly revealed in the end. It is conscience over desire. It is an easy movie to watch for some reasons, the cinematography, the direction, and the screenplay. The blank face of Lorna gives us much more of the mystery of who she really is. But what we don't know, the woman is bursting with unending misery, leading us to a heartbreaking conclusion.
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