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Caramel (2007)

Sukkar banat (original title)
A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

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Cast

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

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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9 August 2007 (Lebanon)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Connections

Referenced in Seven Minutes (2009) See more »

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El Helwa Di Amet Teeguen
Music by Sayed Darwiche El B and lyrics by Badi Khairi
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Excellent!
10 August 2007 | by (Lebanon) – See all my reviews

I just saw the movie yesterday evening. I was really impressed. I was mainly impressed with the overall quality of the movie. I think it will appeal to Lebanese and foreigners, men and women.

If you're Lebanese, just stop reading and go see the movie! I'm sure you'll love it, and I'm sure you'll be sitting in the theater making analogies to people you know who are similar in character to one of the women in the movie. If you're a woman, I bet you will relate to at least one of them!

If you're not Lebanese, also just go see it whenever it's released in your country! I'm sure you'll also relate to the characters but in addition, you'll have the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective, a Lebanese woman's perspective.

The movie is full of emotions, it will make you smile, laugh, and cry. Nadine Labaki managed to balance these emotions very successfully throughout the movie.

Congratulations Nadine on a job well done!


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