House of Sand and Fog
Source: Catholic News Service
Grim drama about an exiled Iranian colonel (Ben Kingsley) who buys a foreclosed house in California at an auction, but the previous owner, a recovering addict (Jennifer Connelly), refuses to give it up and enlists the help of a married cop (Ron Eldard) who has become her lover to coerce the colonel into selling the house back to her. Despite its flaws, debut director Vadim Perelman's tragic tale about the consequences of actions, both thoughtless and well-meaning, reveals the frailty of the human condition, but the film's crushing sadness is draining, as is the bleak ending. An extramarital affair, some sexual encounters with shadowy nudity, brief but intense violence and intermittent rough language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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