House of Sand and Fog
Review by Ross Anthony

House of Sand and Fog Academy Award winners Sir Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi") and Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind") star in the drama "House of Sand and Fog," based on the acclaimed bestseller by Andre Dubus III.

Massoud Amir Behrani (Sir Ben Kingsley) 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 ends meet until he sees his opportunity in the auction of a house being sold for back taxes. It is a terrible mistake. Through a bureaucratic snafu, the house had been improperly seized from its rightful owner, Kathy Lazaro (Jennifer Connelly). The loss of her home tears away Kathy's last hope of a stable life - a life that had been nearly destroyed by addiction - and Kathy decides to fight to recover her home ... at any cost.

"House of Sand and Fog" exposes the unsettling truth that it is sometimes our hopes and not our hatreds that drive us to ruin, in a devastating exploration of the American Dream gone terribly awry.

The film also stars Ron Eldard ("Black Hawk Down") as deputy sheriff Lester Burdon, who tries to take the law into his own hands to help Kathy; major Iranian film star Shohreh Aghdashloo as Behrani's wife, Nadi; and Jonathan Ahdout as their son Esamail.

Btw, this is an adaptation of an Oprah Book Club book.

  • House of Sand and Fog. Copyright © 2003.

Copyright © 2003. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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