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Lorna’s Silence (2008)

Drama Rated R

Once again brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne explore the moral predicaments that arise from economic desperation. Lorna (Arta Dobroshi) is an Albanian immigrant who has married her way into Belgium by becoming the wife of a drug addict (Jeremie Renier). The hope is that he’ll overdose, leaving her clear, free and a Belgian citizen. But when he tries to clean up his act, Lorna’s trafficker suggests they nudge the overdose along. Essentially a series of transactions – the opening shot is of money being exchanged – Lorna’s Silence is another bracing entry in the Dardennes’ grim, artful and socially conscious catalogue.