Not exactly Academy Award fare, Masquerades (Algeria) nonetheless earned a nice amount of lobby buzz after its showing because it was a simple and entertaining romantic comedy. Hero Mounir wants respect in his village, but is hampered by the fact that his sister is narcoleptic and falls asleep at amusingly inappropriate times. One night Mounir gets drunk, and in the middle of the village square, screams out that his sister is engaged to a rich man. Immediately, Mounir gets the respect he seeks. Unfortunately, there is no such suitor.