Homeowners mired in sand, fog

Commentary: Hollywood explores ethics of profit from property

The Oscar-nominated film “House of Sand and Fog” typically is described as the story of an immigrant family’s tragic experience of life in the United States. But the film, based on the synonymous book by Andre Dubus III, is equally a fictional account of the pain a house foreclosure inflicted on both a troubled woman who lost her home and a man who believed he could profit from her ill fortune.