Lorna's Silence - Trailer Lorna's Silence
Film Title (Original): Le Silence De Lorna
Film Title (Spanish): El Silencio De Lorna
Film Title (In English): Lorna’s Silence
Country Of Origin: Belgium-France-Italy-Germany
Year Of Completion: 2008
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Format/Color/Bw: Color
Language: French, Albanian, Russian Dialogue
Subtitles: Yes
Rating: R
Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Executive Producers: Olivier Bronckart
Producers: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
Screenwriter: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Editor: Marie-Helene Dozo
Camera: Alain Marcoen
Cast: Arta Dobroshi (Lorna). Jérémie Renier (Claudy Moreau), Alban Ukaj (Sokol), Morgan Marinne (Spirou), Olivier Gourmet (L'inspecteur), Fabrizio Rongione (Fabio)

Cannes Film Festival competition, 2008


Lumiere Award for Best French Language Film, 2009


Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Creators of intensely naturalistic films about lower class life in Belgium, brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are among the world’s most critically respected filmmakers. The Promise (1996), Rosetta (1999), The Son (2002), and The Child (2005), are stark but modest portrayals of young people at the fringes of society. Both Rosetta and The Son were awarded the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, the only two Belgian films ever to earn the honor.

From the Dardenne brothers, two-time winners of Cannes’ Golden Palm comes the tale of a woman caught between love and the law of the underworld. Lorna, (striking newcomer Arta Dobroshi), a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, has her sights set on opening a snack bar with her boyfriend, Sokol (Alban Ukaj). In order to do so, she becomes an accomplice in a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio (Fabrizio Rongione).
Fabio has set up a false marriage between Lorna and pathetic drug addict Claudy (Jérémie Renier) allowing Lorna to get her Belgian citizenship. However, she is then asked to marry a Russian mafioso who's ready to pay hard cash to also get his hands on those vital Belgian identity papers. But the situation becomes complicated when Claudy refuses to divorce her.
How Lorna's silence implicates her in what happens next, despite her better intentions, affirms the Dardennes' offhand skill at orchestrating momentous drama, and their recognition of the abrupt, unexpected ways in which an individual's life and expectations can be swiftly upended. Lorna’s Silence maintains the Dardenne’s unblinking commitment to human nature and the possibility of grace in lowly circumstances.

III Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2009