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Caramel (2007)

Sukkar banat (original title)
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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:
... Layale
... Nisrine (as Yasmine Al Masri)
Joanna Moukarzel ... Rima
Gisèle Aouad ... Jamale
... 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

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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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Caramel  »

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Budget:

€1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,916, 3 February 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,060,591, 29 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 »

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Referenced in Seven Minutes (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Succar Ya Banat
Lyrics by Rodney El Haddad
Music by Khaled Mouzanar
Performed by Racha Rizk
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Enchanting film... really captivates... those eyes...
4 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this film in the International Film Festival in Brasilia, Brazil. I thought one more non-lebanese comment might actually be helpful.

I gave it a 8 out of 10 because I'm very fussy about giving 9's and 10's to movies. It is a great movie... enchanting... beautiful...it feels homely and intimate quite fast. The acting is good... especially of the director/actress Nadine Labaki.

One cannot avoid being seduced by this woman's eyes and beauty. Labaki is a stunner. She is so great in her role, best actress in the movie. Her character comes across very believably... and those eyes ! I recommend seeing this movie... and I'd keep an eye on future projects from Director/Actress Nadine Labaki.


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