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 mobster Fabio. He has orchestrated a sham marriage between her and Claudy. The marriage allows her to obtain Belgian citizenship and then marry a Russian Mafioso willing to pay a lot of money to acquire the same quickly. However, for this second marriage to be possible, Fabio has planned to kill Claudy. Will Lorna keep silent? –Cannes Film Festival
After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.
In 1978 they shot their first documentary, Le chant du rossignol, about the resistance against the Nazis during the second world war in Belgium. In 1986 they shot their first fiction movie, Falsch, about a Jewish family massacred by the Nazis. After their second movie, Je pense a vous, they released La Promesse, a movie about inmigration in Belgium. The film was a success worldwide winning awards in many festivals.
In 1999 they had another hit with Rosetta, that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival. The movie tells the story of a blue collar worker with an alcoholic mother who tries to have a better life in a small belgium city.
In 2002, they came back to Cannes with their… read more
Characterizing themselves as “one person with four eyes,” Belgian filmmaker Luc Dardenne and his older brother Jean-Pierre rose to the forefront of international art cinema in the 1990s with such uncompromising, socially aware dramas as La Promesse (1996) and Rosetta (1999), depicting life in Belgium’s depressed industrial region near Liège on the Meuse River.
Born in Awirs, Dardenne grew up in a middle-class family in the working-class steel town Seraing. With schools closed during strikes, Dardenne was exposed to the upheavals of the 1960s labor movement during his formative years. While still in school, Dardenne frequently visited his older sibling in Brussels, where Jean-Pierre was studying acting under playwright Armand Gatti. Gatti, who often used nonprofessional actors, invited Luc to join his acting troupe. Though he got his degree in philosophy in the early ’70s, Luc was inspired by his time with Gatti to explore the creative and political possibilities of film and video… read more
A questionable plot and a baffling decision to leave a key narrative scene out of the film means despite the good intentions and the interesting moral themes at stake here, it’s an increasingly convoluted story that left me longing for the simplistic beauty of their excellent The Son.
In Lorna's Silence not only do we find Jeremie Renier's finest, most powerful performance among his colaborations with the Dardennes, but also find the directors at their bleakest (if not creepiest) and most melodramatic form since La Promesse, we notice a shift in interest from the filmmakers as the film may not function as a grand social statement but rather as more an exercise in storytelling than anything else.
The Dardennes provide us with the closest contemporary analogue to the great Italian Neo-Realist films of the mid-Twentieth century, putting a certain slice of "ordinary life" on screen with grit and grace, the axe they have to grind about social inequities -- and their attendant sordid manifestations -- never overwhelming their careful (and caring) attention to character and environment. Godspeed Lorna's child.
"According to estimates, at least 50 percent of all films made for public exhibition before 1951 have been lost," writes Marilyn Ferdinand
So. Where were we? Right, I was saying that I'd "been dreaming up a new format and, if all goes according to plan, it'll be rolling out slowly
One of the lures of the foreign-region disc lies in the "why wait?" ethos. Yes, the latest picture from the Dardenne brothers, which got a
This film is so long. The plot is confusing without any clear hints of whats happening and film direction seems very weak. The characters are lifeless nobodies and their interactions feel far from… read review
Rigoureux, dépouillé, tranchant – 10/10/2009
Comme toujours avec les frères Dardenne, nous voici dans le quotidien d’une jeune femme à la marge, une albanaise insaisissable, qui tente de trouver… read review
The Dardenne brothers are figures who float at the edge of the Anglo-Saxon consciousness. Occasionally fashionable, a film of theirs will be feted, before they’re forgotten again. The Silence of Lorna… read review