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Movie Review: Lorna's Silence (Le silence de Lorna)

Alternate Title: I Married the Mob

Story: Call me dense- but I did not know what the heck was going on in this award winning film for the first hour. The writing and directing Dardennes brothers ( Jean-Pierre and Luc) are known for their films about the underclass and struggles with moral issues.

This slow paced film features Lorna who has somehow gotten herself involved in a marriage for citizenship and money scheme with Albanian, Belgium and Russian mobsters. For about an hour we watch Lorna go through ordinary life chores. We see Lorna iron, walk to the store, make a phone call, buy stuff, walk home, look in her mail box and go to sleep. Excited yet?

Well into the film we start to see that Lorna's world is filled with people whose entire existences are for sale. Sex, marriage, life and honor. Is there no one with a conscience in Lorna's world?

When I finally figured out what was happening the story took on some semblance of action. Sadly, by that time I lost interest in almost everyone. You want to root for Lorna but her choices in the film make it very difficult.

This is not a film for most people. You should probably be serious devotees of the Dardennes brothers. Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZN_rVSq1qg

Acting: Arta Dobroshi as Lorna reminded me of an older Ellen Page (Juno). She has recieved kudos for this role, but I was not moved. Jérémie Renier Claudy, had the only part that required emotion and he was over the top.

Trivia: In 1999 the brothers Dardenne had a 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. Read my review of that 1999 film here and check out how few categories there were in my reviews 10 tears ago: http://www.judithwolfe.com/lobosmoviereviews/reviews/rosetta.html

Predilection: None

Critters: None

Sex Spectrum: Female nudity

Soundtrack: The Dardennes brothers usually do not use soundtracks.

Visual Art: The details of life in this part of town was depressing.

Theater Audience: Six other comatose people

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I looked at my watch often.

Predictability Level: Did not care

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: This film won Best Screenplay at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

Big Screen or Rental: Neither

Length: Under two hours.