House of Sand and Fog

House of Sand and Fog

Vadim Perelman (2003)

121min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
Andre Dubus III's bestselling novel is transformed into a richly textured tale of dreams and obsession in this heartbreaking drama from first-time director Vadim Perelman. Revolving around a formidable Oscar-nominated turn by Ben Kingsley, the slow-burning film tells the story of a former Iranian colonel reduced to working menial jobs in the US. Desperate to return his family to the prosperity they once knew, he spends his life's savings on the repossessed home of recovering addict Jennifer Connelly, only to come into confrontation with the woman over the property. Drawing on his own experience as an immigrant, Perelman paints a vivid and moving picture of cultural alienation and desperation. Though the feature occasionally lacks balance, portraying Americans as largely unsympathetic and immigrants as vulnerable, it redeems itself by focusing on the emotional similarities between Kingsley and Connelly's characters. If Connelly looks too well groomed for her tortured role, it certainly doesn't spoil her overall strong performance, while Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jonathan Ahdout are wonderful as Kingsley's wife and son.

Summary

A woman is distraught when bailiffs evict her from her home and put it up for auction owing to a mix-up over unpaid tax. Outraged when the property is sold for a fraction of its worth, she subjects the new owners - an Iranian army colonel and his family, who are living in exile in the US - to an increasingly hostile campaign of harassment that threatens to end in tragedy. Vadim Perelman's drama, based on the best-selling novel by Andre Dubus III, with Jennifer Connelly, Ron Eldard and Ben Kingsley in an Oscar-nominated role.

Cast & Crew

Kathy Jennifer Connelly
Behrani Ben Kingsley
Lester Ron Eldard
Connie Walsh Frances Fisher
Carol Burdon Kim Dickens
Nadi Shohreh Aghdashloo
Esmail Jonathan Ahdout
Soraya Navi Rawat
Director Vadim Perelman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video and DVD
Drama