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That Girl in Yellow Boots tells the harrowing story of a woman searching Mumbai for her absentee father

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You couldn't get much farther from the frothy romance of Bollywood than this grim but moving independent drama by Anurag Kashyap. Ruth (Kalki Koechlin), an Anglo-Indian beauty traumatized by her mother's death and her sister's suicide, immigrates from the UK to Mumbai to track down her absentee father. Her life there is defined by men and their crummy desires: she works in a massage parlor, giving hand jobs for extra cash, and her boyfriend is a miserable drug addict who badgers her for sex. All she wants is a father's unconditional love, but when she finally locates her old man he turns out to be both closer than she imagined and hopelessly out of reach. Kashyap struggled to win financing for this downer tale and shot the movie in 13 days, restricting most of the action to the cramped spaces of the young woman's apartment and workplace; the cloistered feel of the movie only intensifies Koechlin's smoldering performance. In English and subtitled Hindi and Kannada.

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