Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

House of Sand and Fog

A stiff-necked Iranian exile (the superb Ben Kingsley) acquires his American dream house at auction. Its careless former owner (Jennifer Connolly) understands that what he did may be legal, but is morally wrong. Out of this seemingly unpromising real-estate wrangle, first-time writer-director Vadim Perelman (working from the novel by Andre Dubus III) has created a tense and ultimately devastating cross-cultural tragedy.