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House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, more...
Director: Vadim Perelman
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Studio: DreamWorks
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 126 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Russian filmmaker Vadim Perelman makes his feature-film debut with the psychological drama House of Sand and Fog, based on the novel by Andre Dubus III. Ben Kingsley plays Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant living the United States. Even though he was a high-ranking official in Iran, he works several menial jobs in order to provide his wife, Nadi (Shohreh Aghdashloo), and his son, Esmail (Jonathan Ahdout), with an apartment in California. He buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send Esmail to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy (Jennifer Connelly). After losing the house in an unfair legal dispute with the county, she is left with nowhere to go. Wanting her house back, she hires a lawyer (Frances Fisher) and befriends a police officer (Ron Eldard). Neither Kathy nor Behrani have broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

At last, a movie that is not the normal feel good pablum by nealcrispin December 11, 2005 - 10:55 AM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Heavy stuff, but, hey, life is heavy stuff unless you can completely insulate yourself. Kingsley is absolutely outstanding. Aghdashloo is woman and mother personified.

Makes one think about how fragile and vulnerable we humans are, and how fairness is so ephemeral.

Should have gotten an academy award.

investment property *cringes and shivers* by DZermeno October 4, 2004 - 5:09 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This movie is not for someone who is depressed. The movie is about a woman who is having a bad life and a man who is trying to bring his family and himself out of a bad slump. To sum up what the movie is about: When investment property purchases go bad. Jennifer Connelly was really the only character whom I didn't really care for. Her acting has yet to really blossom for me. Who can say a bad thing about Ben Kingsley? He was wonderful (of course). The family in this movie was likeable and convincing. The ending is very sad and depressing so please don't watch this with children or if you're stressing over a house purchase. For a movie about principles and letting go of the past, watch this one.

Who Cares about these characters? by WZoller August 1, 2004 - 1:34 PM PDT
3 out of 7 members found this review helpful
After seeing this movie I must say that none of the characters really moved me to the point that I was concerned about their outcomes. All I can think is that the book must develop the characters better than the movie does. The best performances were given by Ben Kingsley and his onscreen family.

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