House of Sand and Fog

House of Sand and Fog

DVD - 2004
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A destitute former member of the inner circle of the Shah of Iran looks to America to begin a new life. He seizes on the auction of a house illegally seized by the government as the means to reacquire his wealth.
His plan backfires when the previous owner vows to get the house back at any cost."

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Punnoval
Mar 07, 2020

This film sets the benchmark for "bathos per minute". Whenever there is a situation that might involve a logical sequence, the director, Vadim Perelman, chooses to mask a solution by an endless barrage of bathos.
Imagine what this movie might have been if Jennifer Connelly played a Tuesday Weld character (Pretty Poison) to Ron Eldards patsy. They come up against a hard core Savak torturer (Ben Kingsley.) The resulting cat and mouse game would be infinitely improved over this pathetic mess.

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posie12
Jan 05, 2020

Movie is memorable for whatever reason. The main character seems to live in a fuzzy world and is completely annoying, but you still have compassion for her and the general.

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akirakato
Jan 25, 2017

This is a 2003 American drama directed by Vadim Perelman, based on the novel of the same name by Andre Dubus III.
No director could make a good film out of a bad script.
Apparently the plot comes from the novel, which is a bad story in the first place.
There's nothing wrong in funneling operatic tragedy through seemingly mundane domestic battles, but the way events escalate here feels deeply fraudulent and meaninglessly downbeat.
It turns out unintentionally comic rather than genuinely tragic.

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LittleNoName
Feb 24, 2016

Very intense. Loved the concept; neither have done anything wrong yet they find themselves in a legal battle. The ending was truly sad.

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intrepidtreks
Feb 06, 2016

Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley give stellar performances in the powerful, intense, and tragic movie.

My heart goes out to both characters... Kathy in her struggle to keep the home she grew up in and Behrani trying desperately for dignity as he supports his family and attempts to make a better life in America.

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En4cer
Jul 28, 2015

House of Sand and Fog is one of my all time favarote movies. Great story and cinematography.

Based on the book.

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slarsen
May 09, 2015

I challenge you to get through this movie without tears! It's a story that will shadow you for some time to come.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 11, 2014

Very few movies earn 5 stars, certainly not this one. I would say read the novel by Andre Dubus III first, but then you'll probably be disappointed in the film. The book is a domestic drama that plays out like a taut, intense thriller with an almost Greek sense of doom and tragedy. Ben Kingsley (has any contemporary actor played a greater variety of races?) is an Iranian ex-Colonel working hard to buy a house for his wife and child. He gets one for cheap at auction; a house that was repossessed from Jennifer Connelly's struggling, damaged character. Their lives then become dangerously intertwined as she tries to get her house back, with the help of a married cop (a dude who was on "Justified"), and Kingsley, proud and stubborn, refuses to budge. Tastefully, if drably, directed and well-acted, especially by Kingsley and Shohreh Aghdashloo, as his wife, it lacks the power of the book and ends up being more grim and depressing (like "Mystic River," "21 Grams," "In the Bedroom") than tragic. Also, could've used more sand.

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eusebius
Oct 31, 2013

This is a so-so film that would have benefited greatly from better characterization. The script seems weak when motivations of characters are so cloudy, especially a key character, Lester the cop. Some deft acting, especially by Ben Kingsley.

viguyy Nov 17, 2012

A simply brilliant film with fantastic performances!

One of the best films I have ever scene!

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jessadam2
Jun 23, 2011

A sad and touching movie. Starring that person I still love so very much........Jennifer Connelly

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jessadam2
Jun 23, 2011

This movie really bothers me everytime I see it. Cause of the way the banks control our lives. And Jennifer Connelly's silouette.....AWESOME ! ! ! !

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