Till Human Voices Wake Us is an Australian drama film written and directed by Michael Petroni (Queen of the Damned), and starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter.
The film begins with the story of a young 15-year-old boy, Sam Franks, who has returned from a Melbourne boarding school to his hometown in Victoria. He has an obvious affection towards a young local girl, Silvy, who has a disability affecting her legs which requires a brace and prevents her from walking freely. However, this does not stop the two friends from enjoying each other's company, and they are virtually inseparable. Sam's mother has died, and his stern father provides the young boy with little comfort and love, so his relationship with Silvy is all that matters to him. She reads to him regularly out of her beloved poetry book, showing him a world of beauty and harmony within words that he comes to enjoy.
One night, the two decide to go for a ride anywhere, and end up at the popular lake. Sam jumps in the water and removes Silvy's leg braces, and together they "dance" in the water. They share a kiss and stare into the stars — everything seems perfect for the two. Suddenly Sam lets go of Silvy's hand to point