House of Sand and Fog
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This is a movie that is well photographed, beautifully adapted from Andre Dubus III's Oprah-approved novel of the same name and stunningly helmed by first time feature director Perelman. But "House" is a film that is anchored by its performances. There is hardly a false note in the acting (Ron Eldard occasionally seems overwhelmed by the powerhouse actors who surround him, however his work is still convincing). Jennifer Connelly conveys Kathy Niccoli's despair wonderfully. You can feel the depression wholly consuming her.
Ben Kingsley is superb! The scene in the hospital near the end of the film is a master class in acting. Kingsley's work is brave throughout the film--he allows the audience to see Colonel Behrani's flaws and hold him accountable for them while also helping us to understand that his ambition, his dreams and desires are to serve the needs of his family. It is among the most dynamic work by an actor in any year.
As fine as Kingsley is, however, my favorite performance of last year and now one of my favorites of all time has to be the stunning work by the invaluable and flawless Shohreh Aghdashloo. In her role as Behrani's patient and loving wife Nadi, Aghdashloo is grace under pressure.Read more ›
You probably know the basic plot. Jennifer Connolly, a recovering addict who is still in deep depression, has ignored pleas to pay taxes on the home she inherited from her father, and is suddenly evicted with no place to go. The house is bought by Iranian emigree (and former colonel and confidant of the Shah) Ben Kingsley, as a way of bringing his family a little closer to the American dream.
Kingsley has no idea the circumstances under which Connolly loses her house...he's got things pretty rough himself. Some early scenes in the movie beautifully show the dignity with which Kingsley endures two horrible jobs...working on a road crew and in a convenience store. This is a proud man, a formerly important one, who strives mightily to keep up appearances...not just for his own pride, but so that his daughter can marry well and so his son can go to university. He is a prickly man, no doubt, but noble.
Connolly realises that the house was really the last lifeline holding her to some semblance of sanity. She readily admits that she didn't even take good care of it, but upon losing it, she becomes obsessed with getting it back.
She is joined in this by the cop who initially helped evict her, played by Ron Ellard. He has his own problems, including what he considers to be a shaky marriage. His attraction to Connolly turns into an obsessive need to prove his worth to her by getting her the house back. No matter what!Read more ›
Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley) is a former colonel in the service of Iranian Shah who fled from his country with his wife Nadi, a seemingly spoiled yet very kind woman, and his son Esmail to America. As an immigrant, now living in a country where racism, prejudice and cultural differences seep through quietly yet painfully, Massoud tries to maintain his dignity and pride by working as a road maintenance by day and a cashier at a convenience store by night to provide a good future for his family.
His determination for the American dream rises as he sees a money-making opportunity when he stumbles upon an auction of a house confiscated by the county to pay back taxes. Massoud buys it and fixes it and plans to sell it four times than the original cost. All is well if it isn't for the fact that the house is owned by Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly), who inherited it from her deceased father eight months ago.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Follows the book pretty closely. Beautiful photography and great acting.Published 4 days ago by Jersey Girl
I can't believe this movie never got more credit! Twists and turns you can't believe and the end will leave you in tears! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Debbi J. Frey
I loved the film . Ben Kingsley portrayal of Iranian/ Pursian foreign national in America is a study in its self . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Oats
One of the most gripping movies I've ever seen. Very emotional.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Dude this is an excellent film,it may have a "hard to believe story" & plot line but it is great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Lynch