The Silence Of Lorna (15)

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (105 mins)
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Perhaps coming from Belgium, a riven little country stuck between larger countries with stronger identities, has warped the Dardenne brothers' sense of story: this film, which won the script award at Cannes, sits in a no man's land between genres, and doesn't overburden the audience with clues about what it means or where it's heading.

Lorna (Arta Dobroshi) is an Albanian immigrant who gets involved in a squalid plot to marry a junkie in order to get a passport, then dispose of him with an overdose. The downbeat acting and vérité camerawork might fool you into thinking it is social realism, but the film keeps shifting under your feet, and by the end it is closer to fairy tale than anything else. Unclassifiable, accomplished and mysteriously enjoyable.

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