• House of Sand and Fog (2003)

House of Sand and Fog

Release Date: December 26th, 2003

DVD Release Date: March 30th, 2004

R |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

Reformed drug addict Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly) has her California coast house, which she inherited from her father, taken away by the county due to a misunderstanding about back taxes. The place is bought by Iranian immigrant Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley), who intends to fix it up and sell it in order to provide a better life for his wife (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and son (Jonathan Ahdout). However, Kathy, desperate to get the house back, begins harassing Behrani so he will return it.

Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher, Kim Dickens, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jonathan Ahdout, Navi Rawat

Director: Vadim Perelman

Genres: Drama

Production Co: DreamWorks SKG, Bisgrove Entertainment, Cobalt Media Group

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG, Miramax Films

Keywords: Police officer , Wife , Rivalry , 2000s , Tense , Pursuit , Engaging , Police station , Son

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    The carefully laid foundation of suspense and dread, with its symmetries and crisp dialogue, is squandered in a clumsy pileup of credulity-stretching cataclysmic events. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Remember the name Shohreh Aghdashloo. The heartbreakingly fine Iranian actress is only a subsidiary character in House of Sand and Fog...But she is the soul of this pungent film. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Though the film is somber, it certainly commands one's attention, and for a while one's respect.

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)