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
Running Time:
Release Date: May 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Keith Uhlich
Time Out

A soul-crushing weight rests upon Lorna (Dobroshi), the Albanian-immigrant heroine of the Dardenne brothers' stunning proletarian character study.

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.

Full review…
Graham Fuller

The noirish ambience (if not style) underscores the heinousness of those who traffic in human lives for their own ends-a central tenet of the Dardennes' work.

Full review…
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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

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.

Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Still, what initially promises to be a morality tale doesn't really have any messages to speak of about immigration, womanhood, poverty, humanity or anything else for that matter.

Full review…
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

Full review…
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.

Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

Lorna's Silence is not only a beautiful film, but also one that moves the filmmakers' art forward a small step or two -- a tectonic shift for these art cinema old faithfuls.

Full review…
More reviews for Lorna's Silence

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 Anderson
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

More Like This