Lorna's Silence

Rated R 2009

Another penetrating Dardenne Bros. narrative investigation into the lives of desperate young people trying to survive in the New Europe — this time told by writer-directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne as a love story of sorts between an Albanian immigrant worker (played by Arta Dobroshi) and the Belgian drug addict (Jérémie Renier) she marries as part of a complicated international passport scheme. Ms. Dobroshi, a native of Kosovo, achieves a kind of cinematic sainthood as the put-upon Lorna, and the uniformly chilly, predatory character parts are well played by Fabrizio Rongione (a taxi-driver fixer), Anton Yakovlev (a Russian gangster), and Alban Ukaj (Lorna’s hood boyfriend, another Albanian refugee). A quiet masterpiece of a social shocker from the Dardennes, poets of European mercantile desolation (105 min.).

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