This movie (House of Sand and Fog) lacks so much it's hard to make a list.
Here's what it has. Gloriously globular breasts added to the Jennifer Connelly physique. They're everywhere. In a lovely rose bra, pressing against a sweater about 3 inches from the lens while erect, in some totally blah nude love making scenes.
I'm not going to go on at length about this disaster. First of all, recently reformed alcoholics, who presumably are not attending AA sessions any longer (and why isn't she?), aren't the sweet, innocent doe-eyed "OK, I'm alone, the hubster isn't loving, but not a real bastard" types Connelly plays. They're in pain and wrestling with their disease.
This is not truth. It may not be truth that they wouldn't open their pay-up envelopes, but paralysis and self-destructiveness, may be truth.
Along comes Ben Kingsley and his noble family, especially his son, with his powerful heart, God bless him. This is the first movie I've ever seen, and that probably has ever been made, that glorfies the toadies of the Shah of Iran, and indeed gives them "the heart of the lion" as Kingsley puts it. What next, a paean to the Battista regime? Idi Amin Dada?
The evil Ayatollah, who did suck, and did depose America's favorite puppet regime in the middle east, is the behind the scenes villain in the piece.
But the redemption of the Iranian Colonel from heartless monster to Americans (while being noble and nearly holy to his family) is the arc. And it's his unwitting offense to Connoly when he buys her former house, that redeems him. What changes him? She attempts suicide in his driveway, and Iranian tradition says something about wounded birds coming to you being angels. This is easily the biggest crock of shit plot device I have ever seen.
Skipping to the end, everybody's dead except Connelly, who is left standing on a wooden pier with the camera circling around her. Get the symbolism? Director Vadim Perelman had no idea how to end the film.
Be sure to rent this if you're in the mood for Ben Kingsley at his worst, a horrible story, comic book acting by the supporting cast, but you men out there, if you like Jennifer, you can just watch the boob parts over and over!