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Lorna's Silence (2009)

Arta Dobroshi , Jérémie Renier , Jean-Pierre Dardenne , Luc Dardenne  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Arta Dobroshi, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Alban Ukaj, Morgan Marinne
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Writers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Producers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Christoph Thoke, Denis Freyd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002U6DVOY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From the internationally acclaimed writing-directing team of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (L’Enfant, The Promise) comes the powerful story of a young woman caught between love and the law. Beholden to a criminal underground, Lorna (Arta Dobroshi) is the key figure in a conspiracy to obtain European citizenship for a dangerous Russian mobster. For the plan to succeed, a desperate addict must die. If Lorna follows her heart, it will lead her into grave danger – for in her world, no act of mercy goes unpunished.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immigration Issues: Money/Crime/Commitment/Love April 5, 2010
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, April 10
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still above most other movies produced these days November 24, 2009
The Dardennes brother have made better movies (most notably Rosetta), but also think that it's a movie well worth watching. The acting is extremely good and the direction manages to be both strong and subtle. They've managed to make the movie primarily through the point of view of the main character, while keeping a kind of distance at the same time. (it's probably a bit confusing as an explanation, but it's so unusual in a way that you'd probably have to see the movie to get my point). As to whether you'll enjoy it or not, you'd rather be the type of person who enjoys the journey at least as much as the destination, or you'll likely be disappointed
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marriage by convenience! May 3, 2010
The introduction is direct. Lorna is married with an addict, as part of a contract. She is trying the Belgium citizenship and finally she gets it. But as part of this money chain, he has to get marry with a Russian citizen, but as widow not as divorced.

She will obtain 5000 euros for this simulated wedding. But when all the plans have been made (including the weird death of his first husband) a sudden factor irrupts : she is pregnant. That fact will lead the story to unsuspected consequences.

Nevertheless, the film is too slow. There was much intersections all the way along to explore and definitively were overlooked and dismissed. The dramatic tension is attenuated due precisely the slowness of the narrative pulse.

A solid script that could be enhanced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quietly Engrossing March 19, 2010
Lorna's Silence is the latest from the writing-directing-sibling duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. These Belgian brothers have a unique style--gritty, naturalistic, and focused on marginalized individuals struggling at the edges of today's "integrated" European society. But they also are a part of (and have influenced) a new wave of slow-burning, thought-provoking European cinema (the Austrian movie "Revanche" and the Romanian "Police, Adjective" spring to mind) that include thriller-like elements while allowing stories to unfold slowly, and rewarding patient viewing. Not surprisingly, these kinds of movies are not huge moneymakers in the blockbuster-oriented, subtitle-averse US market. Jeremie Renier who played a central role in the Dardennes' previous movie, the Palme d'Or-winning L' enfant, is a major character here, too. He's the junkie Claudy, whom Albanian-immigrant Lorna, played by Arta Dobroshi, has married in order to get the Belgian citizenship which will then pave the way for a bigger payday when she ends her first marriage and marries a wealthy Russian who's looking to set up in Belgium. The story is told from Lorna's perspective and Arta Dobroshi's breakthrough performance not only holds the whole movie together it also slowly reveals the psychological complexities of a character who is barely one rung above her supposedly disposable junkie husband on society's ladder. Despite her revolving door approach to arranged marriages, Lorna has a real boyfriend, Sokol, who is fully aware of the arrangements she's making with Fabio, the taxi-driver-mobster who is trying to make inroads with the Russians. Lorna and Sokol plan to use the money from Lorna's second marriage to open a snack bar. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unnerving . . . January 13, 2010
Familiar with the Dardennes Brothers' other films, I wasn't surprised by the way this story portrays its theme of arranged marriages to gain citizenship. As in a documentary, the camera follows its central character (often literally) as she goes from one place to another, the film seeming to catch events on the fly as they unfold. A consistent use of medium shots and rare long shots keep us close to the action, while providing little in the way of visual context. The effect is claustrophobic, and it heightens the pressure under which the character, Lorna, finds herself. The lack of a music track also permits little chance for relaxing taut emotions.

There is little or no direct explanation of what we are watching. You have to read subtitles and watch carefully to comprehend the dangerous situation Lorna has gotten herself into (although it may be clearer in the original language), and then we do not see some key plot developments occur because she is not present to witness them. It is a cynical world that is represented in the film and Lorna's attempt to defy it and assert a will of her own invite both sympathy and alarm for her vulnerability. Some viewers may object to the way the film tells its story so indirectly and slowly, ignoring certain screen conventions, and some will find the ending inconclusive, but I found the experience of the film absorbing, as well as unnerving in the way I believe it was intended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lorna's Silence
"Lorna's Silence"

The main character, Lorna is married to an addict - and - she wants to divorce him to marry a Russian Mobster (for money of course). Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. S. HARDEN
4.0 out of 5 stars A bleak look on life, yet Lorna's resilience...
The brothers Dardenne are certainly among the finest writers/directors to ever hail from Belgium (my original home country, incidentally), and in the last 20 years they seem to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paul Allaer
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Film
Lorna's Silence seemed to drag on and on and never gets anywhere. I regret purchasing this DVD.
I love foreign films. Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Jabo
4.0 out of 5 stars JEAN-PIERRE ET LUC DARDENNE, OPUS 7
Just imagine the thriller oR the film noir that could have been made with such a screenplay! But the Dardennes brothers wrote it with the idea to film a realist drama. Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by Daniel S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle yet powerful glimpse into the darkness...
What Arta Dobrishi does in this film is just impeccable. Truly, there is so much layering done here that just baffles me with each viewing. Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by Andrew Ellington
4.0 out of 5 stars The silence of conscience or of a dream
The Dardennes Bros. latest is different than previous films,shot on 35mm film this time not close up,but more objectively and in Liege,the city, rather than rural town they usually... Read more
Published on August 10, 2010 by technoguy
4.0 out of 5 stars What Looks To Be a Subdued Crime Film Takes a Surprising Turn.
The scenario for "Lorna's Silence" seems like that of a thriller, and I kept waiting for something thriller-like to happen. Read more
Published on January 12, 2010 by mirasreviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining film by the Dardenne Brothers...not their best but...
In 2008, the Dardenne brothers - Jean-Pierre and Luc, known for their critically acclaimed and award winning films "L'enfant" (The Child) , "Le fils" (The Son) and La promesse"... Read more
Published on January 7, 2010 by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
5.0 out of 5 stars Lorna's Silence (Sony Pictures Classics)
Lorna's Silence (Sony Pictures Classics)

It is amazing how immigration, in all its variations, can be source of so many ideas for movies. Read more
Published on January 5, 2010 by Carlos E. Velasquez
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