Lornas Silence (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Lornas Silence (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 4,042 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 27 August 2008 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: USA:105 min | France:105 min
  • Filming Location: Liège, Wallonia, Belgium
  • Gross: $337,696(USA)(29 November 2009)
  • Stars: Arta Dobroshi, Jérémie Renier and Fabrizio Rongione
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Money | Albanian | Junkie | Bar | Belgium

Writing Credits By:

  • Jean-Pierre Dardenne (written by) (as Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne) &
  • Luc Dardenne (written by) (as Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne)

Known Trivia

  • Before being cast as Lorna, the only words Arta Dobroshi knew in French were the days of the week.

Plot: Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar… See more »  »

Story: Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar. They need money, and a permanent resident status. Claudy is a junkie – he needs money to satisfy his addiction. Andrei, the cigarette smuggler, must hold up for a while outside Russia; he has loads of money. Fabio, the Italian taxi driver and aspiring gang boss, elaborates a clever scheme: he will pay Claudy to marry Lorna so that she acquires a Belgian citizenship. Then she is to re-marry Andrei, who will in this way obtain the coveted EU passport – and pay a hefty price to Fabio and Lorna for the service. Like all plans, this one will not survive the contact with reality.Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>  


Synopsis: In order to become the owner of a snack bar with her boyfriend, Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, becomes an accomplice to a diabolical plan devised by a criminal named Fabio. Fabio works as a taxi driver but his main activities contains shady deals.

Fabio has orchestrated a sham marriage between Lornna and Claudy. The marriage allows her to obtain Belgian citizenship. They chose Claudy because he was a junkie, thus they could kill him off & make it looks like an overdose. The police won’t suspect foul play. Lorna then will be able to marry a Russian Mafioso who is willing to pay a lot of money to acquire than EU passport quickly.

Lorna shares an apartment with Claudy but is very cold towards him. Claudy is a drug addict who grows to be dependent on Lorna. One day he was in really bad shape that he asked Lorna to get in touch with his doctor to get him to be hospitalized. While Claudy was in the hospital, Lorna intentionnally hit herself to get bruises in order to file for divorce. When the authority demanded witness, Lorna asked Claudy to hit her but he couldn’t bring himself to do it. She, in turn, hit her forehead against a column in Claudy’s hospital room. She then rushed to a nurse for help & asked her to be a witness of Claudy’s violent act.

Discharged from the hospital, Claudy is back to his bad habit, buying drug. Lorna got the divorce paper & told Fabio about it. Fabio later arranged for Claudy to overdose & die.

Filled with remorse, Lorna’s attitude started to change. First, she yelled at Spirou – Fabio’s right hand man – because he took Claudy’s CD player & demanded that Spirou gave that back. She gave Claudy’s money to his family but they refused to take it.

She & Solko, her boyfriend then went out looking for a place to turn it into a resto-bar. After deciding on one, she signed the paper & came back one day to check out the place by herself. Suddenly she felt sick while going upstairs. Lorna suspected that she became pregnant. She went to see a doctor & asked for an abortion. Later she changed her mind & left.

She then went to the bank to open an account for the unborn baby under the name Moreau, Claudy’s family name.When she mentioned the pregnancy to Fabio, he ordered her to get an abortion. She asked the Russian if it’s ok that she’s pregnant but he said no.The deal turned sour. The Russian left. Fabio ordered Lorna’s to give him her cell phone & confiscated the SIM card. He then ordered Lorna to leave with Spirou. She started to suspect they wanted to kill her so she asked Spirou to stop for her to pee. She hid a small rock in her jacket & after she got back into the car, she use it to hit Spirou’s head. While Spirou lost consciousness, Lorna made an escape into the woods. She found a small shack, climbed in, checked out the place then climbed out to get some wood to start a fire. All the while she was talking to the unborn baby, saying she let her father die but she will never let that happen to Claudy’s child

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Produced By:

  • Olivier Bronckart known as line producer
  • Rémi Burah known as co-producer
  • Jean-Pierre Dardenne known as producer
  • Luc Dardenne known as producer
  • Sabine de Mardt known as associate producer
  • Denis Freyd known as producer
  • Stefano Massenzi known as associate producer
  • Christoph Thoke known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Arta Dobroshi known as Lorna
  • Jérémie Renier known as Claudy Moreau
  • Fabrizio Rongione known as Fabio
  • Alban Ukaj known as Sokol
  • Morgan Marinne known as Spirou
  • Olivier Gourmet known as L'inspecteur
  • Anton Yakovlev known as Andrei
  • Grigori Manoukov known as Kostia
  • Mireille Bailly known as Monique Sobel
  • Stéphanie Gob known as Nurse
  • Laurent Caron known as Commissaire
  • Baptiste Somin known as Morgue Attendant
  • Alexandre Trocky known as Doctor
  • Cédric Lenoir known as Bank Attendant
  • Cécile Boland known as Female Doctor
  • Serge Larivière known as Pharmacist
  • Philippe Jeusette known as Locksmith
  • Sophie Leboutte known as Claudy's Mother
  • François Sauveur known as Claudy's Brother
  • Christian Lusschentier known as Male Nurse in Emergency Room
  • Stéphane Marsin known as Dealer
  • Laurence Cordonnier known as Bank Assistant
  • Anne Gerard known as Woman at Funeral
  • Annette Closset known as Nurse at Gynecology
  • Isabelle Dumont known as Cleaning Women's Boss
  • Patrizia Berti known as Police Woman
  • Leon Michaux known as Policeman in Plainclothes
  • Alao Kasongo known as Receptionist at Emergency Room
  • Claudy Delfosse known as Micky
  • Faruque Ahmed known as Cashier at Telephone Shop
  • Marie-Ange Pougin known as Colleague at Cleaning Company

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  • Milou Sanner known as hair stylist
  • Nathalie Tabareau known as key makeup artist


Production Companies:

  • Les Films du Fleuve (presents)
  • Archipel 35 (co-production)
  • Lucky Red (co-production)
  • Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF) (co-production) (as RTBF Télévision belge)
  • arte France Cinéma (co-production) (as ARTE France Cinéma)
  • WDR / Arte (co-production) (as ARTE/WDR)
  • Gemini Film (in association with)
  • Mogador Film (in association with)
  • Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique (support)
  • Télédistributeurs Wallons (support)
  • Eurimages (support)
  • Canal+ (participation)
  • CinéCinéma (participation)
  • Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (with the support of)
  • Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique (with the support of)
  • Programme MEDIA de la Communauté Européenne (with the support of)
  • Région Wallone (with the support of)
  • Soficinéma 3 (in association with)
  • Tax Shelter ING Invest de Tax Shelter Productions (with the support of)
  • i2i Media Programme (with the support of)


  • Diaphana Films (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Asociace Ceských Filmových Klubu (ACFK) (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Bitters End (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Piffl Medien (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Seven Films (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Xenix Filmdistribution (2008-2009) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Cinéart (2009) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Imovision (2008) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Lucky Red (2009) (Italy) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Twin Pics (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • good movies! (2009) (Germany) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • France 19 May 2008 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 5 July 2008 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
  • Poland 8 August 2008 (Film and Art Festival Two Riversides)
  • Belgium 27 August 2008
  • France 27 August 2008
  • Canada 7 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Finland 19 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 25 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Germany 9 October 2008
  • Netherlands 16 October 2008
  • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 24 October 2008
  • Brazil 7 November 2008
  • Greece 15 November 2008 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 20 November 2008 (French Film Festival)
  • Norway 21 November 2008 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • Hungary 27 November 2008
  • Ireland 28 November 2008
  • Turkey 28 November 2008
  • UK 28 November 2008
  • Greece 11 December 2008
  • Portugal 18 December 2008
  • Croatia 7 January 2009
  • Poland 16 January 2009
  • Japan 31 January 2009
  • USA 13 February 2009 (Portland International Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 19 February 2009
  • Italy 25 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 9 March 2009 (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
  • France 17 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 19 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 26 March 2009 (limited)
  • UK 6 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 8 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 14 May 2009
  • Romania 29 May 2009
  • South Korea 4 June 2009
  • Estonia 26 June 2009
  • USA 31 July 2009 (limited)
  • Colombia 21 August 2009
  • Peru 12 November 2009
  • Israel 26 November 2009
  • Spain 30 July 2010
  • Mexico 3 September 2010 (limited)

MPAA: Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity, and language


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