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House Of Sand And Fog [DVD] [2004]

Jennifer Connelly , Ben Kingsley , Vadim Perelman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher, Kim Dickens
  • Directors: Vadim Perelman
  • Writers: Vadim Perelman, Andre Dubus III, Shawn Lawrence Otto
  • Producers: Chris Soldo, Jeremiah Samuels, Michael London, Nina R. Sadowsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Persian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022VM9Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,513 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley), an Iranian immigrant living in California, becomes embroiled in a legal dispute with former drug addict Kathy (Jennifer Connelly). The dispute is over a house which Massoud has bought and which Kathy lost unfairly to the county. Neither Kathy nor Massoud has broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma.

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Nominated for 3 Academy Awards in 2003 including best actor for Ben Kingsley, House of sand and fog also stars Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly(Best Supporting Actress. A Beautiful Mind, 2001). When an Iranian immigrant (Kingsley) attempts to reclaim his dream - in the form of a house for his family - he's unaware that the home's former owner (Connelly) is determined to recover what she feels is rightfully hers.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives of desperation collide 31 July 2004
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Penn, Crowe, Murray, Hopkins and the rest that might think they deserved the Best Actor Oscar for the 2003 film year. Forget it. The most deserving of that honor, Ben Kingsley, is right here in THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, a story of three lives that collide like a 3-way train wreck.
Kingsley is Massoud Amir Behrani, a former colonel in the service of the Iranian Shah. Forced to flee the country after the fall of the monarch, Behrani now works two jobs - convenience store clerk by night and road maintenance worker by day - to try and stem the slow drain of his savings being spent on the expensive lifestyle that his wife Nadi (Shohreh Aghdashloo) is used to. Perusing the paper, he sees an moneymaking opportunity in the public auction of a house confiscated by the county to pay back taxes. Massoud intends to buy the place on the cheap, fix it up, and sell it at the going market rate. Behrani is a proud man determined to regain his self-respect and the Good Life for his family. By maintaining a facade of affluence, he's already managed to marry his daughter off to another wealthy and respectable Iranian emigre. Now, he needs to put his son Esmail (Jonathan Ahdout) through college.
Unfortunately, the home is owned by Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly), who inherited it from her father eight months previous. Kathy is a recovering alcoholic, who failed to deal with the county bureaucracy when she had the chance, and now it's too late to stop the sale. She's evicted, has nowhere to go, no friends, no nearby family, no money, and is truly on the edge.
Into this volatile mix comes Lester Burdon (Ron Eldard), who's the police deputy assigned the uncomfortable task of tossing Nicolo into the street.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House Of Sand And Fog 27 Aug 2004
Format:DVD
Seldom does a film leave me emotionally drained yet yearning for more. I won't go into details about the plot as I feel these have been covered already by others.
I will however say that this is one of the most moving films of the last decade. There are many reasons for this but the core cast provide the solid base on which the film is built. Kingsley is note-perfect. Jennifer Connelly is also fantastic but the killer performance however comes from Shohreh Aghdashloo as Kinsley's wife. The Academy was mistaken in choosing Rene Zwellweger over her at this year's Oscars.
This is by no means a "Saturday-night-flick" but don't let that put you off. It is instead a master class in acting. Super photography and a fantastic score all add to the mix. Whatever you do this year, watch this film.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know what the first reviewer was on 15 Mar 2006
Format:DVD
This is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. The details in this film, the acting and the final twist just make this an absolutely awe inspiring movie. How you could not like this movie astounds me. One of those movies that makes you just shut up for a few hours afterwards. Watch it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a film! 27 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
An emotional rollercoaster, brilliantly acted and very very different from the norm. I've recommended this to every sensible intelligent person I know!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and moving 8 Sep 2004
Format:DVD
House of Sand and fog is one of the most moving films of recent times. Ben Kingsley and Shohreh Aghdashloo should surely have won the oscars for their brilliant portrayal of Colonel Massoud Amir Behrani and his wife Nadi exiled in America after the fall of the Iranian Shah. Colonel Behrani buys a home at auction at a knock down price in the hope of being able to make a profit and better his family's life. He is unaware that the house has been wrongly confiscated from Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connolly), a fragile recovering alcoholic who is determined to regain her home.
When Kathy becomes romantically involved with Lester, the policeman who originally helped evict her, things take a turn for the worse. In an effort to help her, Lester loses sight of his professionalism and the situation becomes increasingly ugly as the Behranis' are threatened and Kathy starts to lose a grip of her sanity.
The three main characters are all played with such skill and sensitivity that it is impossible to take sides or judge who is in the right. One can only feel deepest sympathy for all of them and fear for the outcome.
This is a very emotional film, certainly not mainstream but well worth watching. Just make sure you have tissues handy.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A profound and moving film 30 April 2006
Format:DVD
I feel sad for the person who didn't enjoy this magnificent, subtle film. It's worth watching for Kingsley's performance alone, a performance that is, I think, the best of his career, alongside his role in Pascali's Island. The remarkable thing is how convincing he is as a certain type of old-school Iranian. The story is not just about his and his wife's particular dilemma, but about exile and the fate of the immigrant (cf. the novel, The Kite Runner). The ending must be one of the finest in cinema. There are no thrills, little humour, or any of the usual drives for such a tale, yet it pulls the viewer along effortlessly right to the climax/anticlimax. A definnite must-watch.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley in an Oscar-nominated performance) is working two jobs, one as a road construction worker and the other as a clerk/manager in a convenience store. He is a meticulous man, a man of dignity and pride. He has a wife Nadi (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and a teenaged son. They immigrated to the US from Iran where he was a colonel in the air force. They had a house in the days of the Shan on the Caspian Sea that they have no longer.

One day Behrani sees an ad for a repossessed house up for auction. This is the house of the title. It is owned by Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly) and her brother. We see her asleep in the house, which has gone to some disrepair, dirty dishes in the sink, unopened mail on the living room floor. She is awakened by a phone call from her mother on the east coast. It's 6 a.m. Kathy seems hung over. Her mother is coming to visit in a couple of weeks. Kathy says her husband will be out of down. She says he is lying next to her now, asleep. However he isn't.

Kathy is in a bad way. She is a recovering alcoholic. We can imagine her husband left her because of her drinking. She is trying to quit smoking. And worse yet, there comes a banging on the door and she learns that the house is being taken from her for back taxes. Signs are plastered on the doors. A county sheriff Lester (Ron Eldard) is there to make her exit the premises.

We can see the clash of cultures coming: the proud, hard-working immigrant who is going to buy the house dirt cheap and then sell it for a profit, the careless and self-indulgent American who is going to go live in her car.

Sheriff Lester is the joker in the deck. He is bored with his wife, whom he married young after growing up with her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film.
Wonderful film. Holds your attention right from the start. Great performances from everyone particularly Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connolly. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Arturio
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see movie
Great story, two brilliant actors, thought provoking imagery and an ending you will never forget.
One more word required - watch it!
Published 11 months ago by Jlisha
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a happy ending
Fantastic story telling and Ben Kingsley is just outstanding, really outstanding, in this story of getting on in America. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Puzzle of right and wrong
The character of the colonel played by ben Kingsley is much more forceful than he is played on the book. A sorry tale indeed.
Published 16 months ago by Catherine E. Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars A great experience
An amazing film. Deffinetly worth watching, superb performances from the whole cast. Service and price was first class. Do yourself a favour and watch this gem. Absaloute 10/10.
Published 19 months ago by james
4.0 out of 5 stars the house of sand and fog
A good film just for the presence of Jennefer Connelley, dark and disturbing but a good film with an unusual way and choice of material, not everyone's cup of tea, but if you enjoy... Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by Col Cool
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
Caught the start of this film one night real late and didn't get to finish it as I had an early start in the morning. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by Dtizda1
1.0 out of 5 stars A fog descends in your living room
What's the moral of this turgid, drawn-out saga about a house sale that goes tragically wrong? It appears to be... ALWAYS make sure you open your mail. It COULD be important! Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2011 by George Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars a great film
I watched this on tv last night. I went to bed thinking it was more than a cut above the average filler for the small hours. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by Badger O Stripey One
5.0 out of 5 stars Just terrific
What a powerful film; a film that confirms modern cinema has something authentic to offer. It is a story, as the director says, about the clash of two hopes: both right in their... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by WSH
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