LORNA’S SILENCE (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 2008)

Le silence de Lorna is the best thing that Belgium’s writing-directing Dardenne brothers, Luc and Jean-Pierre, have done (best screenplay, Cannes). Like other Dardenne films, it is about immigrants in Belgium. Lorna and lover Sokol are Albanians who hope to start up a snack bar. Fabio, an Italian taxi cab driver, connives to get Lorna […]

KRISTIN LAVRANSDATTER (Liv Ullmann, 1995)

From Kransen, the first part of Danish-born, Norwegian author Sigrid Undset’s 1920-22 medieval trilogy, Kristin Lavransdatter, writer-director Liv Ullmann’s film is a sumptuous romantic melodrama. A young woman pursues autonomy and self-determination, especially regarding her body and her heart’s desire. Lavrans, Kristin’s landowning father, has arranged her marriage to Simon; his own (initially loveless) marriage […]