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... See full summary »

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Jean-Pierre Dardenne (as Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne), Luc Dardenne (as Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arta Dobroshi ... Lorna
Jérémie Renier ... Claudy Moreau
Fabrizio Rongione ... Fabio
Alban Ukaj ... Sokol
Morgan Marinne Morgan Marinne ... Spirou
Olivier Gourmet ... L'inspecteur
Anton Yakovlev Anton Yakovlev ... Andrei
Grigori Manoukov Grigori Manoukov ... Kostia
Mireille Bailly Mireille Bailly ... Monique Sobel
Stéphanie Gob Stéphanie Gob ... Nurse
Laurent Caron ... Commissaire
Baptiste Somin Baptiste Somin ... Morgue Attendant
Alexandre Trocky Alexandre Trocky ... Doctor
Cédric Lenoir Cédric Lenoir ... Bank Attendant
Cécile Boland Cécile Boland ... Female Doctor
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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>

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Drama

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Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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

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Since You're Back In Town
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Lorna's Scream
1 March 2011 | by blandiefamSee all my reviews

To see the movement in this film , you become a part of it's pace. It's smoky cold feel of the spaces explored in this film allows you to immerse yourself into the the whole international thing. Being an American I tend to love the patience taken in these French films. They are woven and character developments take more value than just a get to the point story with a predictable ending. As usual in French movies, symbolism takes precedence over story. Still, reality is quite evident in the grim concepts displayed. Being of first generation immigrants,I can identify with the premise and the desperation involved. The lead character is brilliant in the way she gives less yet give so much in her subtle expressions. The direction is superb and the storyline leaves you wanting more. Many directors with this consistent success may often relax in their past laurels but the careful development of the pace of this murky tale is quite endearing.I would strongly recommend this movie for those who are plain cinema lovers.


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Country:

Belgium | France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | Albanian | Russian

Release Date:

27 August 2008 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Lorna's Silence See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,411, 2 August 2009

Gross USA:

$338,795

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,123,676
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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