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House of Sand and Fog (2003)

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An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her house's new owners.

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Vadim Perelman

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Andre Dubus III (novel), Vadim Perelman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Connelly ... Kathy
Ben Kingsley ... Behrani
Ron Eldard ... Lester
Frances Fisher ... Connie Walsh
Kim Dickens ... Carol Burdon
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Nadi
Jonathan Ahdout ... Esmail
Navi Rawat ... Soraya
Carlos Gómez ... Lt. Alvarez
Kia Jam ... Ali
Jaleh Modjallal ... Yasmin
Samira Damavandi ... Little Soraya
Matthew Simonian Matthew Simonian ... Little Esmail
Namrata Singh Gujral ... Wedding Guest (as Namrata S. Gurjal-Cooper)
Nasser Faris ... Wedding Guest (as Al Faris)
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Storyline

An emotionally broken woman, Kathy, suddenly finds herself homeless after her house is wrongly repossessed and auctioned. Seeking respite from his marriage, Lester, a sympathetic sheriff's deputy comes to the aid of Kathy and becomes intimately involved in her situation. Soon, Behrani, a proud emigrant Iranian and his family move into the house only to find their new lives burdened by harassment from Lester and Kathy as they attempt to reclaim her former home. The once prosperous colonel denies Kathy's pleas for he knows his recent purchase promises a profitable return and a better future for his adolescent son and his wife. But latent consequences lie beneath Behrani's well intentioned plan as Kathy's emotions spiral out of control and her actions spark a tragic chain of events that will leave no resident unscathed in the House of Sand and Fog. Written by Tiler Faisal

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some dreams can't be shared.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence/disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Persian

Release Date:

9 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casa de arena y niebla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,572, 21 December 2003

Gross USA:

$13,005,485
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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As of 2018, features Shohreh Aghdashloo's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

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The morning after Lester and Kathy arrive at the cabin, Kathy emerges from the front door and her long hair is tucked into the back of her shirt. A moment later, it is loose. See more »

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[first lines]
Officer at End: Are you Kathy Nicolo?
Kathy: Yeah.
Officer at End: Is this your house?
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A desperate masterpiece
4 January 2005 | by MenelaosSee all my reviews

This film is based on Andre Dubus III'S acclaimed novel "House of Sand and Fog". Dubus created a story of immense power about cultures and the gap between them, about human pain, about hope and ultimately about humanity and sometimes its tragic loss. Colonel Behrani (Sir Ben Kingsley) and his family, buy a house on the fictional area Pacific County, intending to ameliorate their lifestyle, as they have been banished from their home country, Iran. However, the previous owner of the house, a depressed young woman and recovering alcoholic, Kathy Lazaro (Jennifer Connelly), turns up and reclaims her property, which was taken from her because of a bureaucratic error. And when Kathy's boyfriend, Officer Lester Burdon (very effectively performed by Ron Eldard), a racist obsessed with the concept of justice decides to help her, all hell breaks loose. I cannot speak of the plot any further without spoiling it, so I will stop here. How can one tell a story and be more than a mere narrator? How can a book be adapted to film, without merely repeating what the book itself says? Not only does newcomer director Vadim Perelman answer this question, he gives us one of the best films of the past decade. Perelman doesn't waste a single detail. Everything is brought together to create an astonishing emotional impact. Like great directors such as Tarkovsky have done, Perelman approaches his every character and pierces through her/his soul. Every scene takes you deeper and deeper into the soul of the characters, without ever being slow moving or over descriptive. As for the performances, what can I say? Rarely if ever has a single performance moved me as much as Kingsley's. This gigantic actor delivers one of his best performances to date, he has immaculate control over every single aspect of his character, physically and emotionally. Connelly, one of the most talented actresses working today, is also breathtaking, creating a performance that is a quiet outburst of pain and regret. Shoreh Aghdashloo, portraying the most tragic character of the film (at least this is my view of her character), is heartbreaking. This is acting in its supreme form, I really don't think it gets better. She truly deserved an Oscar for this. Young Jonathan Ahdout is also excellent, we will definitely be seeing more of him in the future. However, I must warn you: If you are going to see this movie, prepare for an emotional breakdown. It is really one of the most devastating films of the past years and if you'd rather see a pleasant film, this isn't for you.


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