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House of Sand and Fog (2003)

R | | Drama | 9 January 2004 (USA)
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An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.

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An emotionally broken woman, Kathy, suddenly finds herself homeless after her house is wrongly repossessed and auctioned. Seeking respite from his marriage, Lester, a sympathetic sheriff's deputy comes to the aid of Kathy and becomes intimately involved in her situation. Soon, Behrani, a proud emigrant Iranian and his family move into the house only to find their new lives burdened by harassment from Lester and Kathy as they attempt to reclaim her former home. The once prosperous colonel denies Kathy's pleas for he knows his recent purchase promises a profitable return and a better future for his adolescent son and his wife. But latent consequences lie beneath Behrani's well intentioned plan as Kathy's emotions spiral out of control and her actions spark a tragic chain of events that will leave no resident unscathed in the House of Sand and Fog. Written by Tiler Faisal

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Some dreams can't be shared.

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Rated R for some violence/disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casa de arena y niebla  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,572 (USA) (19 December 2003)

Gross:

$13,005,485 (USA) (26 March 2004)
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In the scenes on the rooftop porch, telephone poles and wires are prominently visible. These were added by the production crew, to make the neighborhood where filming occurred seem more middle-class. See more »

Goofs

Newspaper Auction Notice: Seized Property for Sale reads "2BR", yet the man showing the house says it has three bedrooms. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Officer at End: Are you Kathy Nicolo?
Kathy: Yeah.
Officer at End: Is this your house?
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References The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Shab
Written by Varoujan & Iraj Janati-Ataei
Performed by Googoosh
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Tremendous
15 October 2004 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Amazing how seemingly small and insignificant events can quickly snowball to dramatically change the lives of those involved.

This movie had my rapt attention from beginning to end and is one of the best films I've ever seen. No, it is not an uplifting tale that ties everything up in a nice little bow at the end for the audience but that is one of it's greatest assets.

Life isn't always ice cream and teddy bears. Sometimes the cowboy doesn't ride off into the sunset and that's what makes this so compelling--the realism.

It's not often that I find myself talking to the movie. Pleading with the characters and wanting to jump into the movie to resolve a conflict.

If you don't have to reach for the Kleenex, test your carotid for a pulse.


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