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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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Bac Films [France] | Official site |  »

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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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Most of the cast is made up of non-actors as director Nadine Labaki wanted naturalistic performances from them. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Seven Minutes (2009) See more »

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Etmakhtari Ya Helwa
Music by Ezzat El Gahili and lyrics by Fathi Koura
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27 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the few moments of my life where I could enjoy a movie without reading sub titles. This time it is not Russian, not Swedish, not Danish, not German and not Spanish. It is an art movie in my native Lebanese language.

The lovely acting of all the team, the superb cinematography of Yves Sehnaoui and the charming music of Khaled Mouzanar all joined to make a movie to remember.

This is a movie about woman's inner being; men are in the background and the women's disorders are all exposed in a very elegant way. Uncertainty of life, sexuality, marriage, mid life crisis and elderly all put together in a colorful plot of innocent people.

In Caramel, we also see Christian and Muslim women living together, working together, truly loving and supporing each other. Thanks to Nadine Labaki for this message during a period of secterian conflicts.

The Last scene of the 2 ladies holding hands is a painting. I can't wait to get it on DVD. This will sit at the heart of my art movie collection.


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