Le silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence) [2008]

Le silence de Lorna or Lorna’s Silence is a Belgian movie by writers/directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. It stars Arta Dobroshi and Jérémie Renier.

Lorna (Arta Dorbroshi) is an Albanian immigrant in Belgium. To get the Belgian nationality, she married junkie Claudy (Jérémie Renier), a coup arranged by Fabio (Fabrizio Rongione), a small time criminal on the rise. After she’s got her nationality, Fabio plans to kill Claudy so that Lorna can marry a rich Russian also in search of the Belgian nationality. And then, things get really fucked up.

Le silence de Lorna is not a feel good movie. [Ha! That might well be the understatement of the year.] But it’s one that’s incredibly well acted, well written and well done in general. It’s just so very depressing…



Really, everything I can say about this movie is that it was excellent. All of the acting was absolutely amazing, but especially Arta Dobroshi and Jérémie Renier. The relationship between Lorna and Claudy was fascinating. You were revolted by both of them in turns and then you wanted to hug them and make it all better.

The Dardenne’s directing was also bang-on. I especially liked the abruptness of Claudy’s death. In one scene you see him drive off on his newly bought bike and in the next, Lorna is packing his things and you don’t really know what’s going on until she’s at the morgue. The way these scenes were cut together gave the whole thing a real vibe – death doesn’t always come announced, it isn’t always foreshadowed and it sometimes comes in the worst possible moments. But most of all, usually it’s abrupt.


The way Lorna is slowly broken until insanity throughout the movie was heartbreaking. The ending is one of the worst [emotionally, not qualitatively] I have ever seen. I practically fled from the cinema to go and have a drink.

So, I’d recommend watching it – but only if you have a friend along for comfort.

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