Lorna's Silence
Lorna's Silence (2008)

An Albanian woman living in Belgium finds her dreams of opening a snack bar with her boyfriend leading to tragedy after she agrees to marry a Russian Mafioso in order to gain citizenship. All Lorna wanted was to start a small business with… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 20, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Lorna's Silence doesn't work, but it's a beautiful misfire.

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John Anderson
Washington Post

The story within Lorna's Silence is built on tiny increments of tantalizing details, meted out in penurious droplets and with chest-tightening tension that suggests that what the brothers wanted to be when they grew up were boa constrictors.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Heaven on earth for the Dardenne Bros., the poets of European mercantile desolation.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As filmmakers, the Dardennes are more concerned with probing the causes of crime than in glamorizing it.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The Dardennes are masters of their brand of realist cinema. Over the years, the brothers' move from documentaries to narrative features has been handsomely rewarded.

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Don Groves

Redemption drama loses the plot.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

In casting the previously unknown Dobroshi, the brothers approach greatness with their lean portrait of simple humanity tested by desire and driven desperate by circumstances.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Dobroshi, a dark-browed beauty, has an arresting stillness - never smiling (except for one brief, unguarded moment with Sokol), never letting down her guard. It's a slice of a life nobody would want, and a portrait that's not easy to forget.

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Sean Axmaker

It's a classic Dardennes morality tale set in the grim, hard-scrabble world between working class hardship and black market hustle...

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
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… More
Gordon A
Moving portrayal of a woman's struggle for financial security in a shady world of unscrupulous men. Dobroshi gives a wonderfully understated but nuanced… More
Jake ....
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… More
Walter M.
In "Lorna's Silence," Lorna(Arta Dobroshi), originally from Albania, is almost a Belgian citizen which means that her husband Claudy(Jeremie… More
William Dunmyer
"Lorna's Silence," the new film from Belgium's Dardenne brothers, effectively creates a frightening vision of a world filled with people… More
Jeff Talbott
The Dardennes brothers make some of the most rigorously moral and riveting films in current cinema. If LORNA'S SILENCE lacks a little of their usual… More

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