House of Sand and Fog It took him 30 years to pay it off," a plaintive Kathy Nicolo (Connelly) says about her father. "And it took me eight months to…
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House of Sand and Fog (2004)

Details Release Date: Mar 30, 2004; DVD Release Date: Mar 30, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley; Distributor: Miramax; More

It took him 30 years to pay it off,'' a plaintive Kathy Nicolo (Connelly) says about her father. ''And it took me eight months to f -- - it up.'' After the county seizes her bungalow due to a tax snafu, the suicidal alcoholic struggles to reclaim her waterfront property from its new owner, Iranian colonel-turned-American capitalist Massoud Amir Behrani (Kingsley). House's foundation seems solid as the fierce plot unfolds, with crisp dialogue, breathtaking cinematography, and most notably, Aghdashloo's wrenching performance as Behrani's willful wife. But not even a pair of Oscar-nominated turns -- from Kingsley and Aghdashloo -- can prevent the film's devolution from radiance to melodrama. EXTRAS Deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes doc (Zzzz...) are skippable. Aghdashloo's amazingly raw audition, meanwhile, is Oscar-worthy in itself.

Originally posted Apr 02, 2004 Published in issue #758 Apr 02, 2004 Order article reprints
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