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House of Sand and Fog
Russian filmmaker Vadim Perelman makes his feature-film debut with the psychological drama House of Sand and Fog, based on the novel by Andre Dubus III. Ben Kingsley plays Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant living the United States. Even though he was a high-ranking official in Iran, he works several menial jobs in order to provide his wife, Nadi (Shohreh Aghdashloo), and his son, Esmail (Jonathan Ahdout), with an apartment in California. He buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send Esmail to college. However, the house is the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"The vivid clarity of the images, the compressed fury of the tale, are impossible to get out of your head."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Connelly, who has often mistaken posing for acting, digs deep here; Aghdashloo ... gives us a portrait of a woman who is both dutiful to her husband and ravaged by his iron will. Kingsley is most impressive of all."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Serious and thoughtful; for mature teens+."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Demanding, provoking and painfully slow. The single most compelling reason for seeing it is the magnificent performance from Kingsley, who deserves every prize on the books."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"An intense drama with a brilliant performance by Ben Kingsley."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Perelman and his long-suffering stars make a spectacle of pain, but fail to register any lighter notes, while the denouement seems calculated to wring out every last tear."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"You feel you not only know these people but where they come from."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"A lack of empathetic characters cripples this poorly paced but well acted drama about an Iranian family who purchase a city-auctioned bungalow in Northern California after its former tenant has been unjustly evicted."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog" is one of the low points of the current movie season. But then it's meant to be."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Partially successful."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"If "House of Sand and Fog" ultimately feels like a failed exercise, it has less to do with Perelman's limitations than with a book that would have been better served by staying on the page."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"If this movie isn't quite the contempo-Greek tragedy it wants to be, it's still a powerful, almost unforgettable meditation on fate, cultural collision and the morality of renovating a house that isn't really yours."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"A fiercely powerful and melancholy tale about dreams, aspirations and belonging, House of Sand and Fog is a marvellous adaptation."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The dramatic scheme is to show how two people ... intersect "tragically," but what we see is a group of characters who act as wrongheadedly and intransigently as imaginable."
‑ Alan Dale, Blogcritics.org
"House of Sand and Fog is an intense, thought- provoking movie experience"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
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