06-28-2004, 02:19 PM
I saw this a week ago and I have to give it to him: Ben Kingsley is the man. This was a great film (Jennifer Connelly semi-nude at almost every turn didn't hurt, either) about a woman who is mistakenly evicted from her home and then an Iranian family buys it at auction. It plays on the misconceptions between foreign and American cultures about each other without becoming preachy. Ben Kingsley is supporting a lifestyle he can't afford with (at least) two jobs before he jumps at the opportunity to buy a house he finds in the newspaper. Jennifer Connelly is depressed because her husband left her and for 8 months doesn't answer her mail (including several notices for eviction). She sees a lawyer about getting her house back and hilarity ensues. Ben Kingsley seems to be on emotional cruise control until a pivotal scene near the end that will leave you convinced (for the few seconds 'it' is going on) that he is really experiencing what's going on on screen.