s I sat down with my requisite Coke to
watch this film, I asked
myself,"Don't you have anything better to do? Are you a loser?"
no and maybe! As I left the theatre, I said to myself,"Should
saving to buy a house? Is anyone going to believe me about how
this movie is?" I answered no and maybe! Vadim Perelman has
best-selling novel from Andre Dubus III and directed a superior
a movie nothing short of excellent! The initial plot sounds about
interesting as standing in line at the Post Office. An Iranian
immigrant family and recovering drug addict struggle for the ownership
small home in Pacifica. Sounds almost too realistic to be
entertaining...on the surface. "The House of Sand and Fog"
has a plethora of intense
layers that bring to mind thoughts that did not exist for me prior
seeing this movie. Is home really where you hang your hat or is
than that? When can an immigrant who adheres to all the legalities
symbolicly feel American? Am I my own worst enemy or is there
institutional beuracratic struggle to endure? What is our legacy
is truly important? Certainly, never will I be considered or referred
to as high brow, so let's establish this movie as more of an emotional
drama that tugs and pulls from the first to last moment. And with
Kingsley ("Gandhi"), Jennifer Connely ("Requiem
for a Dream" "A
Beautiful Mind") and Ron Eldard ("Black Hawk Down"
"Sleepers") you can't be
too suprised. Perelman blends subtlety with ferocity and keeps
involved inspite of grueling nature of this film. The principals
complex, too complex to be inherently good or evil. Just human.
the seasoned veterans who flex their acting muscles and take special
notice of some fresh faces that include Shohreh Agdashloo as the
but obedient Iranian wife and the diligent son played by Jonathan
All are superb! As a fan of cinema I am always begging for more
of humanity with interesting stories and scripts. "The House
and Fog" delivers! I'll leave you with one of many compelling
from the film....Jennifer Connely speaking to Ron Eldard about
in contention, which was left to her by her late father. "My
worked for 30 years for that house and I lost it in 8 months."
Rating-A naked Selma Hayek (Pat Connor
A naked Selma Hayek
Would've been a naked Eva Mendes if not for the fact that Jennifer
Connely got naked without reprising her "ass to ass"