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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Carol Burdon
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Soraya
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Lt. Alvarez
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Ali
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Yasmin
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Little Soraya
Matthew Simonian ...
Little Esmail
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Wedding Guest (as Namrata S. Gurjal-Cooper)
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Wedding Guest (as Al Faris)
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Storyline

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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Drama

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,572, 21 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,005,485, 28 March 2004
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Trivia

Jonathan Ahdout would play Shohreh Aghdashloo's son one more time in the fourth season of 24 (2001). See more »

Goofs

There is a boom mic clearly visible in numerous scenes near the beginning of the movie - almost distracting, it is so visible, unless this has been corrected before DVD release. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Wedding for Disaster (2009) See more »

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Shab
Written by Varoujan & Iraj Janati-Ataei
Performed by Googoosh
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Excellent performances
5 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Excellent performances, strong story, riveting. This story would not work without Ben Kingsley. His characterization delivers complexity, strength and intelligence. This movie was well cast and certainly finds a way to touch a cord in everyone. The director did show a light touch where necessary but put the actors through their paces as the story unfolds. This is not light entertainment. It's about the human condition and how people find a way to cope with adversity..........or not. Better have a box of tissues because you will need it by the end of the movie. They want one more line out of me and it's proving tough. Hope this does it. I recommend this movie to anyone. The performances alone are worth it. Guarantee you that you will not walk away from this one without an opinion.


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