House of Sand and Fog (2003): An Underrated Gem

House of Sand and Fog Movie Poster


Vadim Perelman



An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home’s new owners.

My review:

Going through the process of losing something very valuable in your life due to uncontrollable circumstances must be one of life’s most painful experiences. That feeling of loss is depicted powerfully on the screen through Vadim Perelman’s House of Sand and Fog. A film full of life lessons and the unpredictability of it all. Boosted by exceptional performances from Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley, the motion picture is an acting showcase at the highest level. There is also Shohreh Aghdashloo who plays Kingsley’s wife, stealing every scene she is in with her elegance, eloquence, and expressive eyes. To me, it surely is a mystery why House of Sand and Fog does not enjoy the recognition and admiration it truly deserves. Regardless, this drama is one of cinema’s most enduring motion pictures and is not to be missed by anyone.

Memorable Scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • Kathy receives her eviction notice
  • Behrani’s transformation from general to blue-collar worker
  • Kathy gets injured
  • Courthouse scene
  • The final scenes

Outstanding performances:

  • Ben Kingsley (as Behrani)
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo (as Nadi)
  • Jennifer Connelly (as Kathy)


2 hours and 6 minutes





7 thoughts on “House of Sand and Fog (2003): An Underrated Gem

  1. Good review. Very underrated indeed. Everybody loves the hell out of Kingsley’s performance, which is good, I will not lie about that, but I feel like Connelly doesn’t get enough praise here. She somehow turns a very unlikable character, into a reasonably, understandable one that may be a bit messed-up in the head, but means well, even if she has a hard time of showing it.

    1. Yeah. Her performance here is quite amazing. As you said, her ability to allow us to sympathize with her character proves that. She is quite the underrated actress as well.

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