The actor in me is willing to look over and plot holes or dull moments in favor of the incredibly brutal performances by the entire ensemble. Still has some really cool shots with a minimal score to make the movie feel like a sad, slow poem. That acting though!!
An intriguing movie where a house is the centerstage of a battle between a former iranian Generals family and young woman living on the edge of insanity. The great casting of Connolly vs Kingsley is what makes this movie more thrilling than its actual premise. Roger Deakins plays it safe with a realistic look with a lot of close ups - despite this the dripping kitchen crane shot in the beginning was a really cool!3.5
James Horner's score is typically overwrought and that cop is a bit of a wonderfuck, but besides that, "House of Sand and Fog" is an eerie and truly compelling melodrama full of moving performances. Nearly every major character we encounter (besides the aforementioned jagoff) is sympathetic, which is no small feat and makes the film impactful and exhausting. Watched it twice in a row and devoured it both times.
A heartbreaking drama about pariahs, rolling stones who with their last strength strive not to fall into quicksands and shadows. Everything seems so quaking, ustable and blurry that people feel alien and desolate in this grim world of "sand and fog". A harrowing ending, that's for sure, but absolutely credible (kudos to Kingsley for his brilliant interpretation)
This movie was impossible for me to enjoy. I hated all the main characters and especially Jennifer Connelly's. I also found the lives of the Iranian exiles to be damn depressing. It was slow to boot. A lot of people loved this film, but you'll know after 20 minutes or so whether you wanna continue watching it. If you have even the slightest hesitation, just do yourself a favor and hit the "stop" button.
an interesting film though I found it as a whole emotionally overwrought (and overly so). the film did not benefit from its overly moralistic tone nor the fact that I felt I did not get to know the characters as well as I'd hoped, they seemed more like characters than people. the cinematography is beautiful however and it is still a fascinating look into the effects of obsession and pridge
House of Sand and Fog features some great performances from it's cast, but unfortunately, that isn't always enough. The story itself is simple, but emotionally engaging. However, there are moments where the movie would benefit from the whole "less is more" mentality. Still, it's a noble effort featuring some truly accomplished acting from Connelly and most notably Ben Kingsley.
To say that House of Sand and Fog is "emotionally manipulative" is something of an understatement, but the trio of performances from Kingsley, Connelly and Aghdashloo, coupled with Deakins' atmosphiric cinematography, elevate it to a higher pedigree where it earns the emotions it gets from you.