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Voice from the Stone

5.21 h 30 min2017X-Ray15
Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke stars in this brooding, gothic horror, as Verena an innocent nurse hired to help a troubled boy who believes he can hear his dead mother from beyond the grave. Soon convinced that the boy's silence is a supernatural spell, Verena quickly learns that she is in deep jeopardy. An atmospheric, sinister horror that will leave you unsettled long after the credits roll!
Eric D. Howell
Emilia ClarkeMarton CsokasCaterina Murino
English [CC]
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Kate LinderRemo Girone
Stefano Gallini-DuranteDean Zanuck
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3.6 out of 5 stars

191 global ratings

  1. 37% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 19% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 12% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 10% of reviews have 1 stars
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Silly The KidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 March 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
If I didn't know any better from Game Of Thrones...
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....I'd say Emilia Clarke was one of the worst actresses ever, after suffering through this turgid rubbish. Here's a challenge for you: take a shot of whisky every time she says 'Jacob' in a whiny voice throughout, you'll be completely pissed before half-an-hour has elapsed.

The bonkers plot is impenetrable, the pretentious director has aspirations far above his talent... and the worst part is, it's completely and utterly boring. Apart from a bit of gratuitous nudity near the end from our leading lady, I can only recommend it as a possible cure for insomnia... on second thoughts, pass the sledgehammer.... 1/10
23 people found this helpful
Tim PReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 March 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Need to Insert Subtitles!
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Another potential good movie, I've said potential because deaf people can't follow any movies that has no subtitles so we missed out alot here in Prime Videos.
19 people found this helpful
M. J. A. BroughReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Haunting art-film; gorgeous photography
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Here is suspense allied to outstanding art-work and photography. There is a hint of Turn of the Screw about Voice from the Stone, as we have a haunted child and a presence working to control him (until the correct time for release). The effect is sometimes dreamlike, which matches some of the storyline. Performances are outstanding throughout and the setting breathtakingly beautiful. The picture moves along in a leisurely way, but that is part of the technique - the shocks, when they come, are all the more unsettling.

Anyone wanting gore, explicit nudity (there is a little, presented fleetingly) and sex (again, very little), shocking special effects, or overt cruelty must look elsewhere. This is a classic drama which uses genuine acting, wonderful locations, and fine camerawork and direction to achieve the result.
11 people found this helpful
M. DowdenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Rather Pedestrian
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Adapted from a novel by Italian author and translator Silvio Raffo it has to be admitted that this film is all rather pedestrian. The location shots are good here, and there is some good use of lighting. There is nothing as such wrong with the acting, but it is the story that lets this production down, as it has all been done before.

Emilia Clarke plays Verena, a nurse who helps children with psychological issues, but she seems to have bitten off more than she can chew when she takes up the case of non-speaking Jakob. As with his father Klaus so the son is also missing Malvina, the wife and mother, and also an accomplished pianist, who has recently died. As Verena moves into this household she is going to have to work hard if she is to accomplish anything.

A gothic film so we can see the usual tropes and if you are familiar with the genre which books inspired which scenes, as it is very much a to the numbers type film. I do not know if the actual novel is any better, as I have never read it. You can thus see scenes clearly ripped off from Henry James, Daphne du Maurier and Edgar Allen Poe in particular, with a few other authors that come to mind, such as Shirley Jackson, which means that to a certain extent this is something that becomes increasingly predictable.

Slow moving and with a brooding atmosphere throughout, there is also some erotica thrown in, and I am sure no one will be surprised when Emilia Clarke loses her clothes for some scenes, but alas even her boobs (lovely as they are) cannot save this film. As we move onto the finale the I suppose what was to be shock ending is far from that, and just raises a yawn instead. Nowadays, to make a film like this work it needs a more original plot behind it, not something that has ultimately been cobbled together from other works; that really only is effective with a parody.

Although I did watch this through to the bitter end, I do have to confess that because this was all so clunky, I did find myself sorting out my recycling at the same time, which obviously does not say much for this production. Even if the same basic plot, predictable though it may be had been given a greater psychological depth it would a better film.
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Jack RansomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Voice from the Stone
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Voice from the Stone is set in 1950’s Tuscany and follows Verena (Emilia Clarke), a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.

Despite being labelled as a ‘gothic horror’ film, this is quite possibly one of the least scary and painfully dull attempts at the genre I have seen and despite delivering from a visual perspective throughout, the film has no tension, a boring cliche ridden and uneventful plot and uninteresting generic characters.

The plot plods along and really drags out it’s actually fairly short 90 minute runtime with meandering repetitive sequences and a mystery that really isn’t interesting, it’s basic and fairly predictable throughout, yet messy towards a nonsensical towards the end. The film attempts to add more to substance to the characters but it brings nothing new or interesting to any of them.

Visually there is some impressive cinematography throughout and the gothic and period set design is well crafted. However at times the lower budget is very apparent and there is nothing truly standout or jaw dropping throughout and its just fine when it comes to the direction and camerawork. As I mentioned this isn’t really a horror film and when it does attempt to scare the audience it’s with jump scares and ‘creepy’ hallucinations.

Emilia Clarke is mostly good here, she brings an inquisitive and calm nature to her character, but at times she herself looks bored at the proceedings. The rest of the cast are fine but are nothing notable and are all just typical genre stereotypes.

Voice from the Stone was a tedious waste of time that lacks tension, engagement and an interesting story or characters. Aside from some nice cinematography and set design this brings nothing of any note to the table.
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KateReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic film, take bad reviews with a pinch of salt!
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Loved it, I heard of this film as a follower of Amy Lee's music and already love Emilia Clarke. I can't understand seeing reviews of her 'bad acting' because as far as I'm concerned this is one of her strongest roles. The story is haunting, the acting is fantastic and the setting superb. For a budget independent film, it's incredible.

The whole story gave me strong Du Maurier vibes so fans of the gothic 1930s genre will appreciate this film.

All I can think of the bad reviews is that Game of Thrones fans cant get out of the Daenerys mindset to appreciate Emilia Clarke's versatility and those who call it boring are possibly unable to appreciate the lack of dragons.
3 people found this helpful
R. D. McleodReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Its not a bad film but...
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Okay, had this in the watchlist for a while, managed to get to watching and I have to quote "Voice from the Stone is a brooding, atmospheric and sinister horror that will leave you unsettled long after the credits roll."
Atmospheric yes, the rest of it is utter rubbish, Horror, definitely isnt, I would say its more a suspense drama, there is nothing unsettling about the film, no spooky goings on, nothing to make you hide behind a pillow, basically, NO HORROR element, The Lady in Black had more horror than this which basically had zero.
Describe the film/story properly and its not a bad film otherwise
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Anthony HarrisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It was going alright until she whipped them out and started talking to the wall
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I figured this was going to be a relatively decent slow burner typical of the setting, big fancy house with servants and stuff, creepy shenanigans, spooky goings-on and all that. About an hour in though it just turns into a cheap smut novella and you already know how it's gonna end so there's really no point in sticking around. The actor playing the kid was good, kinda carried the whole movie with his performance.
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