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The story behind the making of The Sound Of One Hand Clapping is almost like a movie. Author Richard Flanagan, with one successful novel published -- Death Of A River Guide -- wrote a screenplay which found its way to Rolf De Heer. De Heer was convinced that Flanagan was the person to bring this very moving vision to the screen. By the time the money came through for the film Flanagan had written the novel. Everything seemed to come together at once. This story, set in Flanagan`s home state of Tasmania, covers time and history, pain and mystery. Thirty-six year old Sonja Buloh - Kerry Fox - returns to Hobart after a twenty year absence. She left when she couldn`t cope with her alcoholic immigrant father`s misery after her mother disappered when she was three. But Sonja has a future to face and she thinks she wants to do it armed with the truth from the past .....

This story of dislocation both geographic and personal has been most affectingly directed by Richard Flanagan. He cast Polish-Australian actors Kristof Kaczmarek as Sonja`s father and Jacek Koman as her problematic foster father, both of whom are wonderful. Impressive also are Evelyn Krape and Melita Jurisic, and he`s used the music of Cesary Skubiszewski who brings a very moving layer to the film. Cinematographer Martin McGrath has added his considerable skills. If I have a reservation it`s about Kerry Fox`s performance as Sonja. She never seems really comfortable in the role and it distances us, the audience. But once again I felt nourished by an Australian film that told a story that touched some familiar chords but expanded my appreciation of life, love and pain.