The story concerns the battle between a young woman and an immigrant Iranian family over the ownership of a house in Northern California, which ultimately leads to the destruction of four lives. Connelly, Kingsley, Ron Eldard as the cop who evicts Kathy, and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Mrs. Massoud finds her in her car drunkenly unable to discharge the gun, and brings her inside. Telling Kathy that her home is to be auctioned off, Burdon feels sympathy for her, helps her move out, and advises her to seek legal assistance to regain her house. Neither Kathy nor Behrani have broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma.
Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. He plans to sell the house at a profit to start his return to a position consistent with his education and ability. Nadereh and Esmail treat her wound, but her jealousy at seeing how the Behranis have settled in only makes her more determined to get her house back. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. The Behrani family alternately treats Kathy as an intruder, a guest, and ultimately almost as a member of the family when they take her in at her most devastated and care for her as though she was a child.
Kathy feels safe inside the house. Following the breakup of her marriage, Kathy Jennifer Connelly retreats to her house -- the house her father left her and her brother in his will. Prepare for an emotional wipeout. Pride, anger, loss, desperation, law, love, strength, and weakness collide to create vast tragedy in this contemplative story of a battle for a house that overlooks the water. Massoud, having already spent money on improving the house, is unwilling to accept anything less than the much higher appraised value of the property, which the county refuses to pay. When the film roles offered to her were limited to and other assorted , she turned to a career in the theatre. She has retreated so completely that she has not read her mail, which included an erroneous notice of an overdue tax bill.
The by Perelman and is based on the by. An emotionally broken woman, Kathy, suddenly finds herself homeless after her house is wrongly repossessed and auctioned. As she and her husband carry Kathy to the bedroom, Lester breaks into the house, retrieves his sidearm, sees Kathy unconscious, and locks the Behranis in their own bathroom, refusing to let them out until Massoud agrees to relinquish the house. The lives of Kathy and Behrani circle, parallel, and intersect each other. Because she did not respond, the county evicts her and auctions the house for a fraction of its value.
Archived from on August 12, 2010. Informed that her only option is to sue the county, which will take much longer, Kathy instead tries to convince Massoud to sell back the house for what he paid by telling him she and her brother inherited it from their father. The next morning Kathy is angered to see her house being renovated and confronts the workers, injuring her foot. He then dons his old , tapes a plastic dust cover over his head, and asphyxiates himself while clutching his wife's hand. For him, buying the house will make it possible for him to quit his construction job. This film marked her return to the screen after nearly two decades. Once she leaves, she begins to unravel.
Seeing the auction of Kathy's house in the newspaper, he buys it for a quarter of its actual value, intending to improve and sell the house. But the fairy tale becomes a nightmare. Seeking respite from his marriage, Lester, a sympathetic sheriff's deputy comes to the aid of Kathy and becomes intimately involved in her situation. Bahrani are all superb, and the adaptation of the award-winning book is a thoughtful and serious, if uneven, translation of the book's language and tone. After losing the house in an unfair legal dispute with the county, she is left with nowhere to go. Using a pseudonym, Lester confronts Massoud and threatens to have him deported if he refuses to sell the house back to the county.
It is a part of them. The buyer is an immigrant, an Iranian colonel named Behrani Ben Kingsley , who has spent almost all of his savings to maintain a lifestyle that enabled his daughter to marry well. The chemistry between them convinced Perelman the boy was right for the part. Characters drink and smoke, including an alcoholic character who ends a period of sobriety. Perelman inadvertently exposes the inconsistencies in Mr.
Living beyond his means, he maintains the façade of a respectable businessman so as not to shame his wife Nadereh, son Esmail, and daughter Soraya. As the bodies of Massoud and Nadereh are taken away by paramedics, a policeman asks Kathy if the house is hers. Both must take on menial jobs and change their clothes in public bathrooms. Massoud rushes to the hospital and while he is there he prays, begging God to save his son and vowing to make whatever changes he needs to in his life. Massoud grabs hold of Lester and screams for help, drawing the attention of nearby police officers who misinterpret the situation and shoot Esmail instead of Lester.