Movieline's Hollywood Life - 12/01/2003
"...All of the editing is first-rate, with Jennifer Connelly contributing a tough-minded, multi-layered turn..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/19/2003
"...[Connelly] gives her most delicate and subtle performance yet..."
New York Times - 12/19/2003
"Mr. Kingsley is an actor of formidable reserve, and when he lets it go, you feel as if the world itself has broken open."
Los Angeles Times - 12/19/2003
"[I]t's a story that haunts long after it's seen."
USA Today - 12/19/2003
"There is scarcely a glint of hope in this somber tale, but the luminous performances of Kingsley, Aghdashloo and Ahdout light up the darkness."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/26/2003
"[I]t stands with integrity and breaks our hearts."
Premiere - 05/01/2004
"[An] impressive directorial debut....Kingsley is flawless....Shohreh Aghdashloo is stunning..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2004
"[T]he two lead actors provide a certain edge."
Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly star in the powerful drama HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG as two people fighting over the same house. Connelly is Kathy, a troubled young woman struggling with addiction and her husband's departure. Lost in her funk, she fails to check her mail, which includes letters threatening to evict her. After she is thrown out of the house she grew up in--wrongly, it turns out, so she seeks legal representation--Massoud Amir Behrani (Kingsley) buys the property at auction with the goal of selling it at a huge profit so his family can live a better life. Behrani, a former colonel in the Iranian army, is determined to make his family's move to the United States a successful one--nothing matters more to him than his wife and son's well-being. But when he sees Kathy sleeping in a car outside his fence, he knows he is in for a fight.
Based on the book by Andre Dubus III, Vadim Perelman's directorial debut is a fascinating study of family in the United States. Kathy has no one to turn to--her father is dead, her husband has abandoned her, and she's too frightened to seek help from her mother or brother. She falls for Lester (Ron Eldard), a deputy sheriff who claims to no longer love his wife. And Behrani is so dedicated to his wife (Shohreh Aghidashloo in a riveting performance) and son (Jonahtan Ahdout) that he blinds himself to Kathy's dire situation. HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG is a relentless, thought-provoking work that will linger with audiences long after the film ends.