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House of Sand and Fog (2003)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kathy
... Behrani
... Lester
... Connie Walsh
... Carol Burdon
... Nadi
... Esmail
... Soraya
... Lt. Alvarez
... Ali
... Yasmin
... Little Soraya
Matthew Simonian ... Little Esmail
... Wedding Guest (as Namrata S. Gurjal-Cooper)
... 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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Taglines:

Some dreams can't be shared.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kathy is evicted from her house due to unpaid business taxes. Throughout the film, she is bent on believing the repossessing and the auctioning were mistakes from the county; she couldn't owe them a tax from something she never had. She also states that she inherited the house from her father, along with a brother. Later on, when Kathy asks on the phone for her brother to come over, he says something about his company's products, implying he owns a business. That destroys the argument of a wrongful eviction, implying the brother, who co-owns the house, owes taxes, and Kathy paid the price, losing her home. See more »

Goofs

The first time Kathy drives to the house, we see the view of her sitting in her car through the windshield. As the camera tracks around to the driver's door, the camera operator is reflected in the windshield near the rear view mirror. 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

Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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Shab
Written by Varoujan & Iraj Janati-Ataei
Performed by Googoosh
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Best Movie of the Year
25 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is undoubtedly the best of many good ones in the past years. After watching it last night, it is still with me - the glorious scenery, the entire cast and of course, most of all Ben Kingsley. Ben Kingsley should have gotten the Academy Award for his performance. Not once did I find the actor behind the character he was playing. I have seen him in many movies, each of which he epitomizes and becomes a chameleon changing colors becoming whatever his roll calls for. The cinematography was beyond beautiful; indescribably glorious, breathtakingly exquisite in both the colors and movement. The story was believable, tragic yet it hit the right notes of a man who is determined to regain at least some of the stature he had left behind. I truly loved the line which was spoken in the Iranian tongue and then translated "If a wounded bird flies into your house, you must take in in and heal it." The words might not be exactly correct but the meaning is obvious and quite eloquent.


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