Silence is calling.
At a castle in 1950s Tuscany, a dutiful young nanny (played by Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke) falls under a dead woman’s spell after taking charge of an obstinately mute young boy, who hasn’t spoken since the death of his mother (Casino Royale's Caterina Murino) seven months earlier.
A slice of latter-day Gothic, ghost story Voice from the Stone makes striking use of its beautiful location and autumnal setting, but the supernatural mystery is far too low-key to be genuinely haunting.
Certificate 15. Runtime 87 mins. Director Eric D Howell
Voice from the Stone available on DVD from Precision Pictures.
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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