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House of Sand and Fog (2003)

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An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her house's new owners.

Director:

Vadim Perelman

Writers:

Andre Dubus III (novel), Vadim Perelman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Connelly ... Kathy
Ben Kingsley ... Behrani
Ron Eldard ... Lester
Frances Fisher ... Connie Walsh
Kim Dickens ... Carol Burdon
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Nadi
Jonathan Ahdout ... Esmail
Navi Rawat ... Soraya
Carlos Gómez ... Lt. Alvarez
Kia Jam ... Ali
Jaleh Modjallal ... Yasmin
Samira Damavandi Samira Damavandi ... Little Soraya
Matthew Simonian Matthew Simonian ... Little Esmail
Namrata Singh Gujral ... Wedding Guest (as Namrata S. Gurjal-Cooper)
Nasser Faris ... Wedding Guest (as Al Faris)
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Storyline

An emotionally broken woman, Kathy, suddenly finds herself homeless after her house is wrongly repossessed and auctioned. Seeking respite from his marriage, Lester, a sympathetic sheriff's deputy comes to the aid of Kathy and becomes intimately involved in her situation. Soon, Behrani, a proud emigrant Iranian and his family move into the house only to find their new lives burdened by harassment from Lester and Kathy as they attempt to reclaim her former home. The once prosperous colonel denies Kathy's pleas for he knows his recent purchase promises a profitable return and a better future for his adolescent son and his wife. But latent consequences lie beneath Behrani's well intentioned plan as Kathy's emotions spiral out of control and her actions spark a tragic chain of events that will leave no resident unscathed in the House of Sand and Fog. Written by Tiler Faisal

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some dreams can't be shared.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence/disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Persian

Release Date:

9 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casa de arena y niebla See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,572, 21 December 2003

Gross USA:

$13,040,288

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,763,804
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Author Andre Dubus III received more than one hundred offers from movie studios who wanted to make his book into a movie. See more »

Goofs

When Lester's wife gets out of her car and starts attacking Lester, she leaves the car door open, and it closes by itself. A few seconds later, the car door is open again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Officer at End: Are you Kathy Nicolo?
Kathy: Yeah.
Officer at End: Is this your house?
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House of Sand and Fog... nothing short of brilliance
29 September 2010 | by reneweddanSee all my reviews

josephinerenae3's review is very informative without ruining the film, I completely agree.

I believe this film is raw, it shows different perspectives of lives in America: immigration, greed, sacrifice, and more.

This film is acted well through it all. Everyone does a great job, particularly Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley (nothing short of what was expected from both).

This isn't a feel-good film, it's a film about society and human nature, with lessons to be learned.

Enjoy it for what it is, not for what you want it to be.


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