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House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Drama | 126 minutes
3,56 810 votes

Genre: Drama

Duration: 126 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Vadim Perelman

Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley and Ron Eldard

IMDb score: 7,5 (71.515)

Releasedate: 19 December 2003

House of Sand and Fog plot

"Some dreams can't be shared."

Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley) fled Iran with his family and came to the US to start a new life. Although he pretends to be a well-to-do man, he struggles to make ends meet. When he can unexpectedly buy a beautiful house for little money, he finally sees a chance to offer his family a better future. However, the sale becomes the biggest mistake of his life. The previous owner of the house Kathy Lazaro (Jennifer Connelly) has been wrongfully expropriated by the government because of an alleged tax debt. She has a history of alcohol and drugs and has just got her life back on track. The loss of her home means the end of her hopes for a stable life. She is determined to fight to get her home back at any cost.

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avatar van Mac Hammer Fan

Mac Hammer Fan

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Kathy, an emotionally broken young woman recovering from a drinking addiction, is evicted from her home after being falsely accused of not paying her taxes. A proud Iranian colonel buys her house for a ridiculously low price and moves in with his wife and son. He plans to sell the house for four times the purchase price. Police officer Lester takes care of Kathy and also begins an affair with her despite the fact that he is married and has two children. However, when the district realizes that they have mistreated Kathy, they have no intention of giving her the house back because the house has been sold and the price is now too high. However, Kathy does not take that and does everything she can to get the house back in her possession. However, that leads to a terrible drama.

“House of Sand and Fog” is a haunting film that continues to reverberate. The performances and music are perfect and the story is very believable. Vadim Perelman portrayed everything beautifully and turned it into a beautiful tragedy. He was helped in this by the wonderful bestseller by Andre Dubus III, which served as the source of inspiration for the clever screenplay. Definitely recommended.

Unfortunately there is no blu-ray release of this yet, not even abroad.

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avatar van Pazmaster


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A good all-to-the-flood drama that relies mainly on the ending. The rest of the film is okay but the ending just takes it to a higher level. I'm not a big fan of Kingsley but he does a pretty good job and Connelly does a great job too. I had fun with it!

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Leland Palmer

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Overdramatized, contrivedly written and quite unbelievable. There is little sincerity about this film. The last half hour with the suicide attempts, the cop's plan and the murder of Behrani's son are the last straw. Connelly is beautiful again, makes up for something. All quite wrong.

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