#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: 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. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an unfair legal dispute with the county, she is left with nowhere to go. Wanting her house back, she hires a lawyer and befriends a police officer. Neither Kathy nor Behrani have broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma.
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A desperate masterpiece
This film is based on Andre Dubus III’S acclaimed novel “House of Sand and Fog”. Dubus created a story of immense power about cultures and the gap between them, about human pain, about hope and ultimately about humanity and sometimes its tragic loss. Colonel Behrani (Sir Ben Kingsley) and his family, buy a house on the fictional area Pacific County, intending to ameliorate their lifestyle, as they have been banished from their home country, Iran. However, the previous owner of the house, a depressed young woman and recovering alcoholic, Kathy Lazaro (Jennifer Connelly), turns up and reclaims her property, which was taken from her because of a bureaucratic error. And when Kathy’s boyfriend, Officer Lester Burdon (very effectively performed by Ron Eldard), a racist obsessed with the concept of justice decides to help her, all hell breaks loose. I cannot speak of the plot any further without spoiling it, so I will stop here. How can one tell a story and be more than a mere narrator? How can a book be adapted to film, without merely repeating what the book itself says? Not only does newcomer director Vadim Perelman answer this question, he gives us one of the best films of the past decade. Perelman doesn’t waste a single detail. Everything is brought together to create an astonishing emotional impact. Like great directors such as Tarkovsky have done, Perelman approaches his every character and pierces through her/his soul. Every scene takes you deeper and deeper into the soul of the characters, without ever being slow moving or over descriptive. As for the performances, what can I say? Rarely if ever has a single performance moved me as much as Kingsley’s. This gigantic actor delivers one of his best performances to date, he has immaculate control over every single aspect of his character, physically and emotionally. Connelly, one of the most talented actresses working today, is also breathtaking, creating a performance that is a quiet outburst of pain and regret. Shoreh Aghdashloo, portraying the most tragic character of the film (at least this is my view of her character), is heartbreaking. This is acting in its supreme form, I really don’t think it gets better. She truly deserved an Oscar for this. Young Jonathan Ahdout is also excellent, we will definitely be seeing more of him in the future. However, I must warn you: If you are going to see this movie, prepare for an emotional breakdown. It is really one of the most devastating films of the past years and if you’d rather see a pleasant film, this isn’t for you.
An exercise in frustration. 5/10 *SPOILER ALERT*
First, the positives: Connelly and Kingsley give excellent performances. The film is well shot and well directed. The glaring weakness is the story (fault either to the writer of the novel or to the screenwriter), which relies on very questionable plot points and reasonably bright people making dumb decision after dumb decision. First, Kathy loses her house due to her own stupidity she chooses not to open mail from the county after she clears up a ‘business tax’ error. Neglecting her mail leads to her eviction and subsequent auction of the house. Behrani steps in, somehow buys the 174K house for 45K and stands to make a profit for his family, redeeming himself for past failures. Apparently the county keeps the entire 45K when it turns out that Kathy only owes $500 in business tax. The county admits their mistake, but keeps all the money from the sale of the house. (???) Please.
Behrani understandably refuses to sell the house back to the county and tells Kathy that she should sue the county. Kathy refuses to go this route, instead letting her newfound deputy boyfriend Lester (who is married, by the way) go over to the house and attempt to threaten Behrani into selling. Behrani refuses. Lester has to go deal with his angry wife and Kathy assumes that he is gone for good. She has the bright idea to kill herself at the house, but fails twice to do so. Behrani takes her in (instead of just calling an ambulance) and Lester shows up and takes the family hostage. Behrani offers to sell the house back to the county, give the refunded 45K to Kathy and Lester. In exchange, they will put the house back in Behrani’s name. Lester agrees and goes with Behrani to the county office to do so. For some contrived reason, Behrani’s son, Esmail, goes with them. The three head towards the office, but Esmail decides to steal the gun from Lester and point it at him. Two policemen come up (of course) and tell him to drop the gun. I know even Esmail has seen enough American TV to know better than to swing the gun and point it at the policemen, but he does so anyway and is subsequently shot. He dies and Lester is sent to jail for threatening Behrani. With his son dead, Behrani decides to deal with his grief by poisoning his wife and suffocating himself. The moron that started the whole thing (Kathy) shows up at the house to find the couple dead. She cries and the movie is over. I’m all for non-Hollywood endings but this film was brutal. 5/10 for strong performances and good cinematography.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 6 min (126 min)
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Vadim Perelman
Writer Andre Dubus III (novel), Vadim Perelman (screenplay), Shawn Lawrence Otto (screenplay)
Actors Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 39 nominations.
Production Company DreamWorks SKG, Bisgrove Entertainment, Cobalt Media Group
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 535B, Cooke S4 Lenses, Moviecam SL, Cooke S4 Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length (7 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 250D 5246, Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)