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Caramel (2007)
"Sukkar banat" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  9 August 2007 (Lebanon)
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A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nisrine (as Yasmine Al Masri)
Joanna Moukarzel ...
Gisèle Aouad ...
Adel Karam ...
Sihame Haddad ...
Rose (as Siham Haddad)
Aziza Semaan ...
Fatmeh Safa ...
Siham (as Fatme Safa)
Dimitri Staneofski ...
Charles (as Dimitri Stancofsky)
Fadia Stella ...
Ismaïl Antar ...
Cinderella Al Hajj ...
Cliente rousse
Daed Al Khoury ...
Farida Saleba ...
Cliente salon (as Farida Saliba)
Jocelyne El Khoury ...
Cliente salon


Six women in Beirut seek love, marriage, and companionship and find duty, friendship, and possibility. Four work at a salon: Nisrine, engaged to Bassam, with a secret she shares with her co-workers; Jamale, a divorced mother of teens, a part-time model, fearing the encroachment of time; Rima, always in pants, attracted to Siham, a client who smiles back; Layale, in love with a married man, willing to drop everything at a honk of his horn. There's also Rose, a middle-aged seamstress, who cares for Lili, old and facing dementia. Rose has a suitor; Layale has an admirer on the police force. Is delight a possibility? Is caramel a sweet or an instrument of pain? Written by <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements involving sexuality, language and some smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 August 2007 (Lebanon)  »

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Caramel  »

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€1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$71,916 (USA) (1 February 2008)


$1,060,591 (USA) (27 June 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Lebanon's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »


Referenced in Seven Minutes (2009) See more »


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Written by Mounir El Khawi
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A Must See Movie!
18 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is about friendship. With a beautiful narration style, the movie focuses on the most ordinary and mundane people and follows them in their every day life. Although every one of them is dealing with significant challenges, a deep sense of love, friendship and social consciousness allows them to transcend their daily toils. The movie shatters any prejudices about sectarianism, Muslim versus Christian, young versus old, pro-West versus pro-Arab, and shows a Lebanese society where different cultures can hold on to their differing norms and traditions yet co-exist beautifully. This is the Lebanon I have always known. The movie helps dispel stereotypes about Middle-Easterners and promotes tolerance and friendship. Do not miss out on this great movie.

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