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''House of Sand and Fog'' is a 1999 novel written by Andre Dubus III. It was later made into a 2003 film diected by Vadim Perelman, starring Creator/BenKingsley and Creator/JenniferConnelly.

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''House of Sand and Fog'' is a 1999 novel written by Andre Dubus III. It was later made into a 2003 film diected by Vadim Perelman, starring Creator/BenKingsley Creator/BenKingsley, Creator/JenniferConnelly, and Creator/JenniferConnelly.
Creator/ShohrehAghdashloo.


* YourCheatingHeart: Lester is a married man with kids, but no longer feels passion for his wife. Upon meeting Kathy he begins having an affair with her.


--> ''Excuse me, madam, is this your house?''



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--> ''[[DownerEnding No, it´s not my house.]]''


* HonorRelatedKilling: Back when they lived in Iran, Colonel Behrani's brother shot his own daughter for shaming the family with her sexual transgressions. Despite sharing his brother's conservative mores, the Colonel can't imagine himself being able to kill his own child.

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* HonorRelatedKilling: HonorRelatedAbuse: Back when they lived in Iran, Colonel Behrani's brother shot his own daughter for shaming the family with her sexual transgressions. Despite sharing his brother's conservative mores, the Colonel can't imagine himself being able to kill his own child.


* AdaptationDistillation: The film for the most part is faithful to the novel up until the ending which is considerably darker in the source material.

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* AdaptationDistillation: The film for the most part is faithful to the novel up until the ending ending, which is considerably darker in the source material.



* BothSidesHaveAPoint[=/=]GreyAndGrayMorality: The story refuses to take a side as both main characters have valid reasons for refusing to relinquish the house.

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* BothSidesHaveAPoint[=/=]GreyAndGrayMorality: BothSidesHaveAPoint: The story refuses to take a side as both main characters have valid reasons for refusing to relinquish the house.



* DiabolusExMachina: Deputy Lester Burdon essentially fulfills this in the third act. Less so in the novel where his character is more developed but in the film his character's role in the climax is considerably jarring.

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* DeadSparks: At some point after they married Lester became unable to see his wife as a lover, feeling a sense of wrongness as if she were his sister. As a result he begins having an affair with Kathy.
* DiabolusExMachina: Deputy Lester Burdon essentially fulfills this in the third act. act when he [[spoiler:barges in on the Behrani family taking care of Kathy and jumps to conclusions]]. Less so in the novel where his character is more developed developed, but in the film his character's role in the climax is considerably jarring.jarring.
* DirtyCop: Lester's involvement with Kathy leads him to abuse his office in an attempt to intimidate Colonel Behrani.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: In the film, unlike the book, [[spoiler: Colonel Behrani is composed and dignified as he kills his wife and then himself]].
* FormerRegimePersonnel: The Colonel was part of the Shah's military before the revolution came and forced him to flee with his family. He wasn't directly involved in the human rights abuses that were committed in the Shah's name, but admittedly he knew about them and didn't do much besides avoiding association with people who were. Since escaping Iran he's put his former career behind him.
* HonorRelatedKilling: Back when they lived in Iran, Colonel Behrani's brother shot his own daughter for shaming the family with her sexual transgressions. Despite sharing his brother's conservative mores, the Colonel can't imagine himself being able to kill his own child.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:No one wins. Behrani's son is killed, and he kills his wife and then himself. Lester and (in the novel) Kathy are arrested and wait trial.]]
* SuicidePact: [[spoiler:Behrani and his wife]] agree to commit suicide together.
* UnconfessedUnemployment: Behrani doesn't want to admit to his family that the only work he can find is as a trash collector and convenience store clerk. He makes a point of wearing a suit and tie whenever he's at home.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:No one wins. Behrani's son is killed, and he kills his wife and then himself. Lester and (in the novel) Kathy are arrested and wait await trial.]]
* SuicidePact: In the film, [[spoiler:Behrani and his wife]] agree to commit suicide together.
* UnconfessedUnemployment: Behrani doesn't want to admit to his family that the only work he can find is as a trash collector and convenience store clerk. He makes a point of wearing a suit and tie whenever he's at home.when he leaves for work and putting it on again before he comes home.
* YourCheatingHeart: Lester is a married man with kids, but no longer feels passion for his wife. Upon meeting Kathy he begins having an affair with her.


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''House of Sand and Fog'' is a novel written by Andre Dubus III. It was later made into a film by Vadim Perelman starring BenKingsley and Creator/JenniferConnelly.

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''House of Sand and Fog'' is a 1999 novel written by Andre Dubus III. It was later made into a 2003 film diected by Vadim Perelman Perelman, starring BenKingsley Creator/BenKingsley and Creator/JenniferConnelly.


* DressingToDie: Colonel Behrani puts on his uniform before committing suicide.

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* DressingToDie: Colonel Behrani [[spoiler:Colonel Behrani]] puts on his uniform before committing suicide.


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* SuicidePact: [[spoiler:Behrani and his wife]] agree to commit suicide together.





!!The novel and film include examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation - The film for the most part is faithful to the novel up until the ending which is considerably darker in the source material.

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!!The novel and film include provide examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation - AdaptationDistillation: The film for the most part is faithful to the novel up until the ending which is considerably darker in the source material.



* BothSidesHaveAPoint[=/=]GreyAndGrayMorality - The story refuses to take a side as both main characters have valid reasons for refusing to relinquish the house.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot - Kathy's lawyer points out the whole situation would have been averted if she had just checked her mail.
* CreatorCameo - Dubus has a cameo in the film.
* DiabolusExMachina - Deputy Lester Burdon essentially fulfills this in the third act. Less so in the novel where his character is more developed but in the film his character's role in the climax is considerably jarring.
* DownerEnding - It doesn't end well for anyone.
* HowWeGotHere - The film opens and ends with the same scene of Kathy's character staring blankly at her house.
* LighterAndSofter - Dark as it is, the film's ending is this to the novel. [[spoiler:After his son dies, Behrani finds Kathy still in his home and strangles her; she doesn't die. (This scene was shot and is available as a deleted scene) Behrani later suffocates his wife with a pillow before killing himself. In the film, she goes willingly with a poisoned drink. The film also omits Kathy going to prison.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog - [[spoiler:No one wins. Behrani's son is killed, and he kills his wife and then himself. Lester and (in the novel) Kathy are arrested and wait trial.]]
* UnconfessedUnemployment - Behrani doesn't want to admit to his family that the only work he can find is as a trash collector and convenience store clerk. He makes a point of wearing a suit and tie whenever he's at home.

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* BothSidesHaveAPoint[=/=]GreyAndGrayMorality - BothSidesHaveAPoint[=/=]GreyAndGrayMorality: The story refuses to take a side as both main characters have valid reasons for refusing to relinquish the house.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot - CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Kathy's lawyer points out the whole situation would have been averted if she had just checked her mail.
* CreatorCameo - CreatorCameo: Dubus has a cameo in the film.
* DiabolusExMachina - DiabolusExMachina: Deputy Lester Burdon essentially fulfills this in the third act. Less so in the novel where his character is more developed but in the film his character's role in the climax is considerably jarring.
* DownerEnding - DownerEnding: It doesn't end well for anyone.
* HowWeGotHere - DressingToDie: Colonel Behrani puts on his uniform before committing suicide.
* HowWeGotHere:
The film opens and ends with the same scene of Kathy's character staring blankly at her house.
* LighterAndSofter - LighterAndSofter: Dark as it is, the film's ending is this to the novel. [[spoiler:After his son dies, Behrani finds Kathy still in his home and strangles her; she doesn't die. (This scene was shot and is available as a deleted scene) Behrani later suffocates his wife with a pillow before killing himself. In the film, she goes willingly with a poisoned drink. The film also omits Kathy going to prison.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog - ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:No one wins. Behrani's son is killed, and he kills his wife and then himself. Lester and (in the novel) Kathy are arrested and wait trial.]]
* UnconfessedUnemployment - UnconfessedUnemployment: Behrani doesn't want to admit to his family that the only work he can find is as a trash collector and convenience store clerk. He makes a point of wearing a suit and tie whenever he's at home.


* FakeNationality - Ben Kingsley playing an Iranian.


Kathy, a former drug addict, loses her Californian bungalow in an unfair legal dispute with the county and has nowhere else to go. Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant living the United States, buys it in hopes that he can fix it and sell it for a higher price to help his family. Both believe that they are entitled to the house and the conflict turns to tragedy.

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Kathy, Kathy Nicolo, a former drug addict, loses her Californian bungalow in an unfair legal dispute with the county and has nowhere else to go. Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant living the United States, buys it in hopes that he can fix it and sell it for a higher price to help his family. Both believe that they are entitled to the house and the conflict turns to tragedy.


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* AgonyOfTheFeet: The movie has a scene where Kathy impales her bare foot on a board with a nail sticking out of it.


''House of Sand and Fog'' is a novel written by Andre Dubus III. It was later made into a film by Vadim Perelman starring BenKingsley and JenniferConnelly.

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''House of Sand and Fog'' is a novel written by Andre Dubus III. It was later made into a film by Vadim Perelman starring BenKingsley and JenniferConnelly.
Creator/JenniferConnelly.


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Kathy, a former drug addict, loses her Californian bungalow in an unfair legal dispute with the country and has nowhere else to go. Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant living the United States, buys it in hopes that he can fix it and sell it for a higher price to help his family. Both believe that they are entitled to the house and the conflict turns to tragedy.

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Kathy, a former drug addict, loses her Californian bungalow in an unfair legal dispute with the country county and has nowhere else to go. Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant living the United States, buys it in hopes that he can fix it and sell it for a higher price to help his family. Both believe that they are entitled to the house and the conflict turns to tragedy.


* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis - Kathy's lawyer points out the whole situation would have been averted if she had just checked her mail.

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* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis - Kathy's lawyer points out the whole situation would have been averted if she had just checked her mail.----


* UnconfessedUnemployment - Behrani doesn't want to admit to his family that the only work he can find is as a construction worker. He makes a point of wearing a suit and tie whenever he's at home.

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* UnconfessedUnemployment - Behrani doesn't want to admit to his family that the only work he can find is as a construction worker.trash collector and convenience store clerk. He makes a point of wearing a suit and tie whenever he's at home.

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