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  • Summary: The destiny of a woman caught between love and the law of the underworld. Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, has her sights set on opening a snack bar with her boyfriend, Sokol. In order to do so, she becomes an accomplice in a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio. FabioThe destiny of a woman caught between love and the law of the underworld. Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, has her sights set on opening a snack bar with her boyfriend, Sokol. In order to do so, she becomes an accomplice in a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio. Fabio has set up a false marriage between Lorna and Claudy allowing Lorna to get her Belgian citizenship. However, she is then asked to marry a Russian mafioso who's ready to pay hard cash to also get his hands on those vital Belgian identity papers. Fabio intends to kill Claudy in order to speed up the second marriage. But will Lorna remain silent? [Sony Pictures Classics] Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    The androgynous Dobroshi is in nearly every scene. She has an exceptional screen presence that brings authority to her portrayal of a woman seeking redemption. As for the Dardennes, they prove yet again that nobody does human frailty the way they do.
  2. 90
    Lorna's Silence is engrossing and powerful, which may be just another way of saying it's a film by the Dardenne brothers. If it falls a bit short of the standards of their best work, that is only because it is not quite a masterpiece.
  3. On a deeper level, the Dardennes' film offers a portrait of a fragile yet determined woman set on making a home for herself in the world, even as that world unravels before her eyes.
  4. 80
    Lorna's sudden change of heart is a pointed example of what the Dardenne brothers' movies are all about. Capitalism may seem at times like a raging river, but every day, all over the world, people try to make it flow in the opposite direction.
  5. Ultimately, this is not one of the Dardennes' masterpieces. They've made a few of those, but the effect of Lorna's Silence is more modest. It leaves the audience with neither a sense of uplift nor devastation, but, rather, with something more akin to intellectual appreciation.
  6. This isn't just another crime story, and it would be misleading to suggest that it has anything to do with stylish gunplay, exhilarating car chases or brutal fistfights.
  7. It boasts strong acting and a nice dose of suspense.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 6, 2010
    9
    Acaso la más accesible de las cintas que han realizado los hermanos Dardenne pero, de todas maneras, anclada en los mismos temasAcaso la más accesible de las cintas que han realizado los hermanos Dardenne pero, de todas maneras, anclada en los mismos temas y en las mismas preocupaciones de siempre. Como de costumbre, los belgas usan de manera magistral las más abruptas elipsis narrativas. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2010
    8
    I thought it was going to be trite, because of the events of the initial half hour, but I ended being deeply involved. Because the charactersI thought it was going to be trite, because of the events of the initial half hour, but I ended being deeply involved. Because the characters told a convincing story I was slowly drawn in to their strange world. The film unfolds with a beauty of understatement. Expand

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