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Esmail (Character)
from House of Sand and Fog (2003)

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House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Esmail: Why did that man say we would be deported?
Behrani: I do not know. But we are American citizens. We own this house. They can do nothing to us now.
Esmail: I feel bad for that lady, Baba-jan.
Behrani: The woman's house was taken from her because she did not pay her taxes. That happens when one is not responsible.
Esmail: But...
Behrani: Do you understand? Do not feel bad. Americans they do not deserve what they have. They have the eyes of small children who are forever looking for the next source of distraction, entertainment, sweet taste in the mouth. We are not like them. We know rich opportunities when we see them and do not throw away God's blessing.

Esmail: [to Lester, holding him at gunpoint] My name is Esmail, not Ishmel.

[after Lester threatens Massoud with deportation in front of his family]
Nadi: Give to me answer, Behrani. What did that man say about deporting?
Behrani: He said nothing, Nadi.
Nadi: Do not lie to me! I heard him! Tell to me, Behrani.
[In Farsi]
Nadi: Tell me.
[In English]
Nadi: What have you done?
Behrani: It is none of your business what I have or have not done. Have you no faith in me? No respect? That man has said I must remove the sign, that is all.
Nadi: Coward! Liar! You casif liar! It is YOUR fault we were forced to flee from Iran! It is YOUR fault we are here!
Esmail: [In Farsi] That's enough, mother!
Nadi: Yours and your SAVAK friends!
[Massoud slaps her]