Once upon a time — 2005 — a young woman named Annie returned to her native Russia to lose her American accent. The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls tells her story. Underneath a glamorous post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels and luxurious fur coats bubbles an enchanted motherland teeming with wicked witches, evil stepmothers, and ravenous bears. As lines between folk tale and reality disappear, Annie becomes the heroine of an adventure more dangerous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where there are no princes and not everything ends happily ever after.