House of Sand and Fog
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Academy Award winners Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) and Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) deliver stunning performances as two strangers whose conflicting pursuits of the American Dream lead to a fight for their hopes at any cost. What begins as a struggle over a rundown bungalow spirals into a clash that propels everyone involved toward a shocking resolution. "The surprise ending will leave you breathless!" (Clay Smith, Access Hollywood)
- Deleted Scenes with commentary
- Behind the Scenes featurette
- Shohreh Aghdashloo Audition
- Production Notes
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Jennifer Connelly plays, Kathy, a depressed hopeless woman who suffers loss after loss until she breaks. Sir Ben Kingsley gives a masterful performance as an Iranian man who has had all of his cultural wealth taken from him prior to arriving in the US. You are torn between rights and wrongs in this film and unlike most stories you are allowed to see two sides. Most stories thrive on good vs. evil, here you are unable to decide and the twists that occur leave you wishing you could help both parties. You will cry at the pride and at the despair of human beings facing choices that bind them for life. Brilliant!!
THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG is a study in irony, as well as one of the most incredible morality plays I have ever seen. The integrity of Ben Kingsley's character, an Iranian General now immigrant in the United States with his spoiled, often materialistic and strangely immature but loving, dutiful wife, gives a marriage that has a window into another culture unlike anything I have seen before. One could believe intellectually that Iran has much of the same class issues that Americans or Europeans have, but not actually believe it in the heart until seeing this. How he and his family crash headlong into the depressed narcissism, immature irresponsibility, and naturally violent tendencies of these representatives of white American culture in the movie, and how each actor shows just how completely American lives are often best defined by the lack of true love in them, is shocking, ironic, disturbing, and somehow strangely redemptive by the movie's shocking end.
This movie hurts before it heals. But oh, how it heals the human soul.
Not only was the storyline fantastic, but the acting was phenomenal! Jennifer and Ben were simply fantastic, but the real "show stealer" was newcomer Shohreh Aghdashloo; oh my she was so wonderful and heartbreaking. By the end I can promise that you will cry (at least inside) more than you ever have for a movie; the people seem so real and personal to you (every one of them). I am absolutely appalled that this film did not pick up a single Oscar and very few nominations!
This film is a wonderful Drama and so much more. I have never been so drawn in by a cast and story before. I would recommend this to any "Art" loving individual that appreciates the fragileness of life and the human spirit. I do not usually write long reviews but this film deserves pages and pages of praise. Just watch and you will understand that the hype is well deserved.