"This is a stolen house... you're living in a stolen house!"
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, 05 Oct 2011
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Kathy Lazroe (Jennifer Connelly) is a young woman who only wants a simple life. She wants to be married, have children, and have a home, with no particular hopes or dreams, just a normal life, in San Francisco. However, her life has taken a turn for the worse. She is on various programs to cure her of alcoholism among other things, she is in great debt, and is in a terrible depression. And what's worse, her house has been foreclosed on, and she is evicted...
An immigrant from Iran and his family have been living in America for 4 years, and he buys her house. Then it turns into a battle of wills between her and former Colonel Behrani (Ben Kingsley). This film is masterfully directed and crafted into a modern Shakespearean tragedy, starting at the end, director Vadim Perelman lays the story out like a giant jigsaw puzzle, and piece by piece fills out the plot. This film really made me feel something, it spoke to me in words I cannot describe. But I feel I can understand it without having to say anything more. This is a great story which I highly recommend to everyone; it even made me cry a little, and I tell you now, that's a rare thing to happen to a guy like me! It was a good adaptation based on the novel by Andre Dubus III. Vadim Perelman and Shawn Lawrence Otto brought everything to life in their screenplay, in a triumphantly tragic way.
There is brilliant scenery in this film, San Francisco is brilliantly captured, bringing the beauty of the landscape to the foreground, with an underlying ugliness. There is also a brilliant and beautiful but sorrowful soundtrack composed by James Horner, which makes the soundtrack a character itself, and helps lead the film to the film's morbid conclusion. There are some great characters in the film. Kathy I feel is the ultimate tragic heroine, female audiences of this film have said they disliked her because they feel she is portrayed as weak, but I disagree with that, as the director implied, we've all at some point in our lives lost a family member, or gone through a terrible situation like this. And Kathy reacts like anyone else would to her situation.
This film does have a problem, as one commentator on youtube said, this film portrayed as Iranians as 'evil'. I wouldn't exactly necessarily agree with that, but there are some who might feel that way. But apart from that, this film is great. I highly recommend it, go watch it now!
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