By Rachel Orvino
Updated April 06, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Breakfast at Tiffany‘s Holly Golightly becomes an unlikely role model for a southern Indian girl in this finely told coming-of-age story. The unnamed heroine survives her dysfunctional family (a father who drinks, her distant mother, a loser of a brother who’s constantly under attack by everything from robbers to monkeys) through regular forays to the movies. When threatened with an arranged marriage to a disgusting stranger, she leaves her dreamy existence behind to begin her training as a film star while working as a maid in a faraway city. Touched with moments of spicy humor and an empathy for its characters, Beautiful Disguises is a revealing look at the solace we find in fantasy, and the truth obtained only in reality.

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