Lorna’s Silence
Filmfest 2008

Lorna is a young Albanian living in Liège, Belgium. She dreams of opening a snack bar with her boyfriend Sokol. To help her accomplish this, her shifty gangster friend Fabio hatches a plan for Lorna to obtain Belgian citizenship by marrying junkie Claudy, who needs the money, in the hope that Claudy will either not live long enough, or she can get a divorce and then marry a Russian mobster, who also wants citizenship. But getting a divorce turns out to be not so easy, and so Fabio comes up with a plan to expedite Claudy's demise via overdose. Lorna's guilty conscience causes her to try to speed the separation by feigning domestic abuse, and tries to get her reluctant druggie husband to beat her up. Claudy, however, is trying to stay clean and, far from able to even pretend to terrorize her is more dependent on her for support. Lorna must make a decision, and listen to her conscience. Is she to be victim or accomplice, perpetrator or innocent pawn?

tags: Feature film

Cast: Arta Dobroshi, Jeremie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Sokol


Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne