For Kathy and Behrani the fight is not about money; it is about home. Perelman inadvertently exposes the inconsistencies in Mr. Telling Kathy that her home is to be auctioned off, Burdon feels sympathy for her, helps her move out, and advises her to seek legal assistance to regain her house. Archived from on June 14, 2008. 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. 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.
Distraught and grief-stricken, Massoud goes home and, believing they have nothing left to live for, kills Nadereh by lacing her tea with pills. The house is a refuge. He plans to sell the house at a profit to start his return to a position consistent with his education and ability. Archived from on August 12, 2010. But the fairy tale becomes a nightmare. Kathy again tries to kill herself with pills, but Nadereh saves her by inducing her to vomit.
She wakes up the next morning in the house, swathed in silks like an Arabian nights princess. As the bodies of Massoud and Nadereh are taken away by paramedics, a policeman asks Kathy if the house is hers. The lives of Kathy and Behrani circle, parallel, and intersect each other. Informed that her only option is to sue the county, which will take much longer, Kathy instead tries to convince Massoud to sell back the house for what he paid by telling him she and her brother inherited it from their father. Characters drink and smoke, including an alcoholic character who ends a period of sobriety.
Prepare for an emotional wipeout. Massoud grabs hold of Lester and screams for help, drawing the attention of nearby police officers who misinterpret the situation and shoot Esmail instead of Lester. Dubus's novel even as he comes very close to overcoming them. The buyer is an immigrant, an Iranian colonel named Behrani Ben Kingsley , who has spent almost all of his savings to maintain a lifestyle that enabled his daughter to marry well. Seeking respite from his marriage, Lester, a sympathetic sheriff's deputy comes to the aid of Kathy and becomes intimately involved in her situation. 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. There are explicit sexual references and situations, including adultery and nudity.
Archived from on August 12, 2010. Lester agrees to take Massoud and Esmail to the county office to finalize the transaction, and Kathy reluctantly goes along with the plan. 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. Bahrani are all superb, and the adaptation of the award-winning book is a thoughtful and serious, if uneven, translation of the book's language and tone. You feel the heavy, implacable force of the narrative without quite believing it. Neither Kathy nor Behrani have broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma. Massoud rushes to the hospital and while he is there he prays, begging God to save his son and vowing to make whatever changes he needs to in his life.
It fails to sustain a sense of tragic inevitability and that prevents it from being truly involving. Massoud eventually offers to sell the house back to the county for the price he paid and will give Kathy the money in exchange for her putting the house in his name. Connelly, Kingsley, Ron Eldard as the cop who evicts Kathy, and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Mrs. Meanwhile, Kathy is evicted from the motel she is staying in. 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. 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.
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. Outside the office, Lester begins to manhandle Massoud and Esmail seizes Lester's gun and aims it at him. Massoud finds her in her car drunkenly unable to discharge the gun, and brings her inside. Despondent, Kathy first considers driving to the house and burning it, but after becoming drunk attempts suicide in the driveway with Lester's sidearm instead. 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.
For him, buying the house will make it possible for him to quit his construction job. Both must take on menial jobs and change their clothes in public bathrooms. But she cannot do that without destroying the lives of other people. 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. The chemistry between them convinced Perelman the boy was right for the part. 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.
Massoud reports this to the police and identifies Lester from a photo, resulting in a reprimand by , and gives Kathy a furious warning to back off and leave him and his family alone. Because she did not respond, the county evicts her and auctions the house for a fraction of its value. Both are too proud to tell their families the truth about their situations. A former Colonel Massoud Amir Behrani who fled his homeland with his family, now lives in the Bay Area working multiple menial jobs. He called him back and had him meet and perform with Aghdashloo.
Having nowhere else to go, she spends the night in her car outside her home. Archived from on August 12, 2010. Wanting her house back, she hires a lawyer and befriends a police officer. She has retreated so completely that she has not read her mail, which included an erroneous notice of an overdue tax bill. .