Lorna's Silence (Review)

The Dardenne brothers deliver another neorealist gem

Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne craft an evocative story about Lorna, a young Albanian woman (played flawlessly in a break-out performance by Kosovo-born Arta Dobroshi) in cahoots with Fabio, a Belgian mobster, to make money so she can open a snack bar with her boyfriend. Lorna suffers through a fraud marriage to Claudy (well played by Jeremie Renier), a junkie that Fabio plans to kill in order to put Lorna in another sham marriage, this time to a rich Russian.

If the plot sounds convoluted, it doesn’t impede an inevitable flood of surprising physical and emotional responses from the poker-faced Lorna. Grade: A-

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