House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Ben Kingsley's performance is a soul-searching powerhouse in this incredibly insightful and stylishly directed film by Ukrainian first-timer Vadim Perelman. As we all know, there are always two sides to every issue, but few films explores that as faithfully and poignantly as House of Sand and Fog. Andre Dubus' novel had been widely sought after for some time and for a very good reason, because its knowledge and discussion on the cultural clash it depicts is rare, to say the least. Perelman directs wonderfully in parallels and juxtapositions but never takes sides for even a moment. It gives the film a global effectiveness and lets us crawl under the cultural differences and into the human beings they conceal. James Horner's score is among the best in his career and Iranian actress Shohreh Agdashloo is majestic opposite her brilliant British counterpart.