Thesp's 'Silence' perf roars
When it comes to putting nonprofessional Belgian actors on the map, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have a superb track record, eliciting powerhouse perfs from the young and unheralded likes of Jeremie Renier and Emilie Dequenne. The Dardennes cast a wider net to find Arta Dobroshi, a Kosovo-born actress who had but a few credits to her name when the writing-helming brothers cast her as the lead in their latest film, “Lorna’s Silence.”
An Albanian immigrant trying to secure Belgian citizenship via increasingly treacherous means, Lorna is a spiritual cousin of the desperate, downtrodden youths played by Renier (“La Promesse,” “L’enfant”) and Dequenne (“Rosetta”), as the radiant Dobroshi illuminates her physical and moral struggles with grit, conviction and a grace that shines all the more brightly amid the gloomy world from which it springs. Lorna may be lost, but here is an actress who, at every turn, knows exactly what she’s doing.