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PostSubject: House of Sand and Fog (2003)   Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:22 pm

House of Sand and Fog is the story of an Iranian political refugee family who are in struggle for a better life in the United States. Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley), who was a colonel in Shah's regime, spends most of his savings on a fancy wedding ceremony for his daughter. Once she is married, he purchases a house in auction in the hope of making a profit by selling it for a higher price. Behrani's goal is to spend the money he earns from selling the house to achieve his dream of building a place like the villa they used to have in north of Iran, and save the rest of the money for his son's (Jonathan Ahdout) education. However, Kathy (Jennifer Connelly), who was the former owner of the house and lost it mistakenly charged for unpaid taxes, steps in and makes the life difficult for them. She meets a policeman (Ron Eldard) and starts a relationship with him. To help Kathy get the house back, the police officer threatens the Behrani family with deporting them from the country if they do not leave the house. The struggles for the house lead to a tragic end. (from IMDB)

Kingsley's character: Behrani.



House of Sand and Fog was nominated for 16 awards including 3 oscars, and many for Best Actor for Sir Ben. He won the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, in 2004.
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PostSubject: Re: House of Sand and Fog (2003)   Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:54 pm

What can I say? I saw the trailer, and thought it looked quite good. I read that it was a "powerful drama". Now, I like powerful dramas. So I bought it, and watched it, and... well... It was a good storyline, and Kingsley, Connelly, & Aghdashloo were great. But, for me there was something missing. What? I can't say. I also didn't think it was all that powerful, but I think that's because I'd seen the film "Downfall" not long before.
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PostSubject: Re: House of Sand and Fog (2003)   Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:27 pm

Yes, I agree about there being something missing from the film, but like you I could not say what it is. Maybe it is a problem with the directing, because, as you say, the actors do a very good job, and they fit the story. No
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PostSubject: Re: House of Sand and Fog (2003)   Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:17 pm

I agree. It was a good film with good actor, but I thought the reviews of it were a bit exaggerated. I expected more from it.
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