Lorna's Silence
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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 her loving boyfriend, but in order to make that happen she would first have to gain citizenship. Local mobster Fabio claims that he can make that happen if Lorna agrees to a sham marriage with a man named Claudy. After gaining Belgian citizenship, Lorna discovers that a high-profile Russian Mafioso is also seeking legal entry into Belgium, and soon. He's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lorna's Silence doesn't work, but it's a beautiful misfire."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ John Anderson, Washington Post
"Heaven on earth for the Dardenne Bros., the poets of European mercantile desolation."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"a moving portrait of emotional and social awakening"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's Lorna's evolution (charted through Dobroshi's uncompromising performance) that makes "Lorna's Silence" worth seeing. But the Dardennes shouldn't have been so deliberately stingy with the details of her story."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"As filmmakers, the Dardennes are more concerned with probing the causes of crime than in glamorizing it."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Redemption drama loses the plot."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"This masterfully crafted tale of muted female survival in a quietly brutal world, the film unfolds petal by petal, as it stirringly reveals mere inklings of the character's haunting inner emotional and psychological turmoil."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"...less a character study than the apparent breaking-in of a camera crew on a sad and sordid life."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It's a classic Dardennes morality tale set in the grim, hard-scrabble world between working class hardship and black market hustle..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Once again brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne explore the moral predicaments that arise from economic desperation."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"By scorning accessibility, the filmmakers unwittingly throw out the baby with the bathwater. After all, what's authentically human, if not high drama?"
‑ Graham Killeen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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