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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.

Director:

Nadine Labaki

Writers:

Nadine Labaki (idea), Jihad Hojeily (idea) | 3 more credits »
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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
Sihame Haddad Sihame 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Bac Films [France] | Official site | See more »

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:

€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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Soundtracks

Fi Zilli Himayatiki
Written by Mansour Labaki
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Caramel, you woke up my heart
9 February 2008 | by Nicole MishalanySee all my reviews

A wonderful beautiful surprisingly well directed movie. It took me back to the place where I grew up, to the people I knew, to the narrow streets I hated then, and that I miss so much now. I had forgotten "la douceur de vivre" in that part of the world, how loving and supportive Lebanese people can be, regardless of their religion, background or social status. The stories of these 4 women is told with such simplicity, but yet a lot of tenderness, understanding, and forgiveness. The camera was their friend, exploring their most intimate feelings, joys and pains, but very protective too. Protective of their privacy, of their feelings, and their sadness. These 96 minutes of movie, brushed up all the callouses that had built up around my heart, and made it vibrate again, and made it dance to the rhythm of this beautiful city Beirut. Thank you Nadine for this wonderful gift, and thank you Khaled Mouzannar for making my heart and soul dance. Nicole Mishalany, Los Angeles, CA


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