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Caramel (2007)

Nadine Labaki , Joanna Moukarzel , Nadine Labaki  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Yasmine Al Massri, Adel Karam
  • Directors: Nadine Labaki
  • Writers: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Rodney El Haddad
  • Producers: Anne-Dominique Toussaint, Raphaël Berdugo, Rémi Burah, Stéphane Riga
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016MLIK2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Caramel" on IMDb

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A Beirut beauty salon becomes a treasured meeting place for several generations of women, from various walks of life, to talk, seek advice and confide in one another.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Your name is my prayer..." September 20, 2008
Format:DVD
"Caramel" is not what you'd expect of Lebanese filmmaking and in particular movies about that most troubled of their cities - Beirut. I found it touching, unbelievably insightful and genuinely romantic too - it's one of the loveliest watches I've had the pleasure of seeing in years.

The largely unknown cast is superb and each deserves specific mention:
NADINE LABAKI plays LAYALE - the sexy yet scatterbrained 35-year old owner of "Si Belle" - a salon that acts as emotion-central for co-workers and girlfriends. Layale is having a giddy but demeaning affair with a married man whom we never see except as a shadow in a car under a bridge - or hear him - as he honks his horn outside the premises for her to come running...

YASMINE AL MASRI plays NISRINE - one of Layale's best workers - the beautiful and young Nisrine is having doubts about her forthcoming marriage to BASSAM a headstrong modern man played by ISMAL ANTAR. Bassam is a man who will take on the oppressive state and even God rather than capitulate; Nisrine's also worried that Bassam might not want her should he find out about her less-than-virginal past

GISELE AOUAD plays JAMALE TARABAY - a customer and friend of the younger ladies. Jamale's mid to late 40's, an actress who is getting too old to nab the lucrative advert roles anymore and goes to sad and desperate lengths to stay young-looking.

JOANNA MOUKARZEL plays the slightly butch RIMA - a lowly washer of hair in the saloon who falls silently and breathlessly in love with a beautiful woman who walks in off the street one afternoon. She is played by FATME SAFA - and may even share with shy Rima the love that dares not speaks its name...
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Microcosm of the Beauty Salon July 19, 2008
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SUKKAR BANAT (CARAMEL) marks a fine directorial debut for the stunningly beautiful Lebanese actress Nadine Labaki. Though films about the private lives of a circle of women who gather in a mutual watering hole to gossip, share joys and pains of love affairs, as well as being the important support group they all need are plentiful (think STEEL MAGNOLIAS), few come as close to the intimacy shared by this talented cast whose disparate problems keep the film flying. The screenplay by Rodney El Haddad and Jihad Hojeily is greatly enhanced by the cinematography by Yves Sehnaoui with the atmospheric musical score by Khaled Mouzannar, but it is the impeccable cast that completes this tender, humorous, and gently sentimental little tale.

The film shows us a Lebanon we rarely see. The setting is a Beirut beauty salon La Belle owned by Layale (Nadine Labaki) whose frequent absences from her place of business are due to trysts with a married man, trysts often delayed by a police officer, the handsome and infatuated Youssef (Adel Karram). Working in the shop is Rima (Johanna Moukarzel) whose same sex infatuation with a beautiful patron is subtly explored, and regulars in the salon include an aging wannabe actress Jamale (Gisèle Aouad), a non virgin bride to be Nisrine (Yasmine Elmasri) and an older seamstress Rose (Sihame Haddad) who has elected to relinquish her hopes for love with a willing and potential elderly man Charles (Dimitri Staneofski) in favor of continuing to care for her humorously senile mother Lili (Aziza Semaan).

How these unforgettable characters interact, displacing each other's anxieties by caring friendship freely shared, offers each of these fine actresses many moments of glory in addition to creating a fine ensemble effect as sensitively directed by Nadine Labaki. This little film (in Arabic and French with subtitles) is a complete pleasure and will likely draw attention to future films from Lebanon. Grady Harp, July 08
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five women trying to find their place in life in Beirut September 26, 2008
Format:DVD
This film presents a slice-of-life type drama/romantic comedy of five women in Beirut. Four of the women work in a hair salon, the fifth is a seamstress next door and aunt of one of the salon owners. We follow their ups and downs, their hopes and dreams. This a film about relationships and about friendship and about choices. We learn about the relationships between all the women and the ups and downs in their love lives. The love lives of all five women is complicated in some way. The main character Layale (played by Nadine Labaki, who also wrote and directed the film) is in love with a man who is married to another women. She goes through all sorts of machinations for this man, but in the end, he doesn't really love her and won't leave his wife. One of the women is a Muslim and soon to be married. Her lack of virginity may be a problem on her wedding day. One of the women is a lesbian who is attracted to one of the customers at the salon, and the fourth woman is older and divorced with kids but actively looking for romance. Layale's aunt lives next door and meets an American to whom she is attracted. There is really a lot to like about this film. Each of the women must make choices about their relationships and live with the consequences one way or the other. Some of these choices work out well, others not so good. Through it all though is their friendship for each other. This film also presents an interesting insight into daily life in Beirut. It explores some of the complexities of the intermixed confessional nature of Lebanese life, and provides a small window into life in Beirut. A well-done romantic comedy/drama, definitely worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
So glad to have stumbled on this gem. Since others have covered the plot already I won't do so, but I recommend this lovely movie.
Published 2 months ago by KiKi4CoCoPuffs
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected, sensual, well done all around
This film introduced me to a world I had no familarity with at all. It is so tender, so real, and touches on all stages of a woman's life. I enjoy it very much. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Goldie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies!
Just one of the most charming movies I have ever seen. It's always the mark of a good film if you find yourself wishing you knew the characters in real life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan Farquharson
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
Loved the story and the music was amazing! Highly recommended for everyone especially for those who want to learn about the Lebanese culture.
Published 4 months ago by cynthia sammour
4.0 out of 5 stars Caramel
I thought the movie was very interesting. Was my first foreign film i have ever seen, not once i was bored
Published 5 months ago by William Figueroa
2.0 out of 5 stars long intrigue
i was expecting a better intrigue and more story to this movie.

quality of the acting is uneven. long evening watching this moving
Published 7 months ago by Amandine
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good flick.
The story was unique, and the interaction of the women characters very enjoyable to watch, even with subtitles. Rent it.
Published 8 months ago by Bryan Kinsey
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish it
Not that interesting to me. Maybe it was the mood, but turned off after the first 30 minutes. Maybe will try again and update review at that time.
Published 11 months ago by Booklearner
5.0 out of 5 stars Caramel
Good movie. A great opportunity to have girlfriends over and enjoy the movie while sipping on a glass of wine.
Published 11 months ago by Claudine Lippert
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie by Nadine Labaki.
This movie is set in post-civil-war Beirut and gives the events over a small period of time of a few women working in a beauty salon. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Emily Teala
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