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March 20, 2006

Breakfast at Tiffany's - 7

Based on the novel by Truman Capote, this film is the story of Holly Golightly (played very well by Audrey Hepburn), a New York socialite, and her new neighbor Paul. As Paul is let into more and more of Holly's past he realizes how empty life has become for Holly as well as himself. While this story does have a romantic angle it is not your usually storyline, rather than external forces make a nuisance of the relationship like most romantic films, the struggles are internal and have to do with identity and who we think we are. It uses the metaphor of Tiffany's as a place of escape from the pain and fear that crowds into our lives. The characters are looking for home without the pain of trusting others and possibility of broken trust. In the end, Holly and Paul, choose to get "tangled up" and search for a place to belong together.
The film score (Moon River) is beautiful and won an Oscar. It is used often enough that when I heard it I recognized it (I think they use this music to end Oscar speeches?).

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