House of Sand and Fog
House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Massoud Amir Behrani is living a lie to fulfill a dream. Once a member of the Shah of Iran's elite inner circle, he has brought his family to America to build a new life. Despite a pretense of continued affluence, he is barely making… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 26, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Powerful and thought provoking film.

David Ansen

The vivid clarity of the images, the compressed fury of the tale, are impossible to get out of your head.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Antonia Quirke
London Evening Standard

While the book reads as tragedy, the film feels like melodrama, and really hasn't the guts for Connolly's natural spirit and warmth, or Kingsley's beautiful canniness. They both feel completely throttled, done in by the film's over-calculated heaviness.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

You feel you not only know these people but where they come from.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... it recaptured my attention with the pitch-perfect performances of both Ben Kingsley and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Serious and thoughtful; for mature teens+.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Lewis C.
"I have taken us so far off our course, but now it is time to return. It is time for us to go home to our destiny." There are no good or bad… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaņeda
Powerful and very sad, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG is a tragic film, brilliantly directed by Vadim Perelman, in his debut. Both Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley are… More
Dan Schultz
An extremely powerful film. Kingsley gives a performance that should be up with the bests of all-time, where Connelly, strikingly beautiful, gives an… More
Curtis Lilly
Yikes...very driving story of bad situations gone worse. Compelling from start to finish. Not to mention Jennifer Connelly is impossibly hot in it.
Mike S
Solemn and well-directed drama, about a family who gets in bitter conflict with the previous owner of their newly bought house. The first half is pretty slow,… More
Robert C
This film sucked me in, chewed me up and then spat me out. I was left feeling drained and slightly depressed, but also very thoughtful about what I had just… More

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