A former Colonel Massoud Amir Behrani who fled his homeland with his family, now lives in the Bay Area working multiple menial jobs. Outside the office, Lester begins to manhandle Massoud and Esmail seizes Lester's gun and aims it at him. Massoud is arrested but is released after Lester confesses and is incarcerated. Nadereh and Esmail treat her wound, but her jealousy at seeing how the Behranis have settled in only makes her more determined to get her house back. It is a part of them.
Seeking respite from his marriage, Lester, a sympathetic sheriff's deputy comes to the aid of Kathy and becomes intimately involved in her situation. Prepare for an emotional wipeout. Kathy eventually discovers the couple and frantically attempts to resuscitate Massoud but she is too late. The story concerns the battle between a young woman and an immigrant Iranian family over the ownership of a house in Northern California, which ultimately leads to the destruction of four lives. Kathy again tries to kill herself with pills, but Nadereh saves her by inducing her to vomit. 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 he finds his son did not survive. Having nowhere else to go, she spends the night in her car outside her home. When the film roles offered to her were limited to and other assorted , she turned to a career in the theatre. He called him back and had him meet and perform with Aghdashloo. Characters use very strong language and there are many harsh and painful confrontations.
It fails to sustain a sense of tragic inevitability and that prevents it from being truly involving. Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. Connelly, Kingsley, Ron Eldard as the cop who evicts Kathy, and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Mrs. Archived from on August 12, 2010. Archived from on August 12, 2010.
The film was nominated for three : , , and James Horner. As the bodies of Massoud and Nadereh are taken away by paramedics, a policeman asks Kathy if the house is hers. The house is a refuge. Neither Kathy nor Behrani have broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma. Behrani's devotion to his children parallels Kathy's loss of her father and the house he left to her when he died, as well as her own longing for a child.
You feel the heavy, implacable force of the narrative without quite believing it. He then dons his old , tapes a plastic dust cover over his head, and asphyxiates himself while clutching his wife's hand. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. Living beyond his means, he maintains the façade of a respectable businessman so as not to shame his wife Nadereh, son Esmail, and daughter Soraya. Because she did not respond, the county evicts her and auctions the house for a fraction of its value.
As she and her husband carry Kathy to the bedroom, Lester breaks into the house, retrieves his sidearm, sees Kathy unconscious, and locks the Behranis in their own bathroom, refusing to let them out until Massoud agrees to relinquish the house. Archived from on August 12, 2010. Using a pseudonym, Lester confronts Massoud and threatens to have him deported if he refuses to sell the house back to the county. For him, buying the house will make it possible for him to quit his construction job. Parents need to know that this movie has extreme, graphic, and tragic violence including murder, attempted and successful suicides, domestic abuse, and an accidental shooting. Archived from on August 12, 2010. She wakes up the next morning in the house, swathed in silks like an Arabian nights princess.
His original audition had not impressed Vadim Perelman, but when he began to have doubts about the actor he ultimately had hired, he reviewed the audition tapes and saw something in Ahdout's performance he felt he previously had overlooked. This film marked her return to the screen after nearly two decades. Following the breakup of her marriage, Kathy Jennifer Connelly retreats to her house -- the house her father left her and her brother in his will. 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. Seeing the auction of Kathy's house in the newspaper, he buys it for a quarter of its actual value, intending to improve and sell the house.
But the fairy tale becomes a nightmare. Kathy must return to the house to be healed. Once she leaves, she begins to unravel. Now aware that Lester is in trouble, Kathy calls her brother Frank, but cannot bring herself to admit that she is homeless, and he is unable to help her. Both must take on menial jobs and change their clothes in public bathrooms.
Massoud finds her in her car drunkenly unable to discharge the gun, and brings her inside. Massoud, having already spent money on improving the house, is unwilling to accept anything less than the much higher appraised value of the property, which the county refuses to pay. For Kathy and Behrani the fight is not about money; it is about home. Massoud refuses and angrily forces Kathy back into her car. Dubus's novel even as he comes very close to overcoming them. Taking Lester's advice, Kathy finds an attorney who assures her that because of the county's mistake, they will return Massoud's money and the house will be restored to her.