Lorna's Silence | Chicago Reader

Lorna's Silence

2009

Terse and unsentimental, the movies of Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (La Promesse, Rosetta, The Son, L’Enfant) show a working-class world cruelly governed by financial transactions, in which human beings are coldly appraised for their cash value and more often than not cashed in. This 2008 drama centers on a young Albanian woman (Arta Dobroshi) who’s won Belgian citizenship through a paid marriage to a feckless junkie (Jeremie Renier) and dreams of opening a snack shop. But she’s still under the thumb of her underworld sponsor (Fabrizio Rongione), who wants to kill her husband and then marry her off to a Russian client. There’s more narrative contrivance here than in most of the brothers’ films, but like their earlier accomplishments, this one offers a damning critique of global capitalism as it works its way down to the street and poisons the most intimate human encounters. In French with subtitles. R, 105 min.

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Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Writer: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Cast: Jérémie Renier, Arta Dobroshi, Fabrizio Rongione, Alban Ukaj and Morgan Marinne

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