Voice from the Stone

Synopsis: Verena is a young nurse hired to help a mute young heir within an isolated castle in Tuscany. The more she observes the boy, the more Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the castle's stone walls, one that seems to be quickly approaching on her.
Director(s): Eric D. Howell
Production: Momentum Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min



Are you there, Jakob?

Are you listening?



I'm here.

I'm right here.

- Don't.

- Shh, shh.

Be silent.

And hear me.

This is how it must be.

Another woman will come.

You will see.

There will be another.

You will know her

by the love she shows to you.

Let the words you speak

be the words

that call me back to you.

Promise me.



I will always be your mother.

- No.



- Arrivederci.

- I hardly know the woman I see.

Her name is Verena.

She is alone.

She remembers all of them.

Every parting.

Her life is measured out

in good-byes.

Each one harder than the last.

Enter la Rocciosa...

And the boy who wouldn't speak.

My first language.

I have these

from previous employers.

Did you live with each family?

- Yes.

I find it helps

in understanding the child

to know the family.

- And do you remain in contact

with these people?

- When a child recovers,

the family

will generally choose to forget.

- You've no degree.

But they say you've a gift.

- My skill comes through


and a certain, um, sensitivity.

- Sensitivity.

You have no children

of your own.

- No.

- Hmm.

- Your son.

He prefers English?

- His mother.

My wife wanted him to speak it.

She died.

There was an illness.

My son has not spoken since.

Seven months...

And sixteen days.

Alessio will see you

to your room.

- I would like

to introduce myself

to your son.

You haven't told me his name.

- I must say there have been

other nurses,

all of them as sure

of their talents as you.

My son's name is Jakob.

- Hello, Jakob.

My name is Verena,

and I'm going to be staying here

for a while.

I promise I'm not like

the others.

I'm much worse.

Please look at me, Jakob.

I'd like to help you.

Do you understand?

- There's no point.

He won't even nod his head.

He won't write or draw...

Sing or laugh...



- Grazie.

We'll begin our work

in the morning, Jakob.

Say 9:

- Your questions are wasted.

- Jakob doesn't need

to answer me.

I think he understands that.

- Enough.

Sit down.

Now you may go.

- Good night, Jakob.

He is very obedient.

- Hmm.

This is part of it.

To disobey

is to say something, so...

So he obeys.

- He isn't trying to hurt you.

- That's my son, signorina,

not me.


Jakob doesn't want you here.

He hasn't shown it yet,

but he will.

There is such power

in his silence.

You will feel it.

You speak very harshly to him.

- Braver than the others.

- I have some things

I need to ask.

- What things?

- Tomorrow, perhaps.

- To begin with,

I will tell you what I see.

I see...

That if you wanted to speak,

you could.

Hmm, and I see

how hard it must be

to truly say nothing...

How hard you must be

concentrating every moment.

And I must admit,

you're very good at it.

I know a little something

of what it feels

to be apart from the world.

I lost my mother when I was

a little bit younger than you...

And my father when I was

a little bit older.

It's a lovely day.

I have an idea.







Oh. Please forgive me.

I didn't...

- Verena.

The nurse, of course.

Come closer.

Let Lilia see you.

You've come

to make the boy talk.

- Just to help if I can.

- Oh, welcome.


Welcome to la Rocciosa,

my child.

- Grazie.

You're very kind.

But I should go.

- Yes, of course.

Go find the boy.

Make him talk.

- I'm sorry.

I-i was looking for Jakob.

- Do you play?

- No, I, uh, never could.

This is your wife?

- Yes.

- What was her name?

- You spent time with Jakob

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