A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Director:

Nadine Labaki

Writers:

Nadine Labaki (idea), Jihad Hojeily (idea) | 3 more credits »
6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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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Trivia

Nadine Labaki's directorial film debut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Seven Minutes (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Succar Ya Banat
Lyrics by Rodney El Haddad
Music by Khaled Mouzanar
Performed by Rasha Rizk
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27 October 2007 | by GeorgeKalashSee 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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Details

Country:

France | Lebanon

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

9 August 2007 (Lebanon) See more »

Also Known As:

Caramel See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,916, 3 February 2008

Gross USA:

$1,055,580

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,248,749
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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