Caramel

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Released 2007

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG
Caramel is a 2007 Lebanese film that centers around the regular meetings of five women and the challenges and struggles they face living in a culture that refuses to accept them for who they are and scoffs at the idea of allowing them to become they people they want to be. The film is the most widely recognized Lebanese film across the entire globe, making international sales records and achieving popularity in dozens of countries. With an initial snapshot of the lives of these oppressed women, the plot moves on to allow an even more privileged look into their most intimate struggles. Layale (Nadine Labaki) is a troubled worker at the beauty salon where she and her friends meet to discuss their issues. Her troubles, like those of the other women, revolve around her questioning of traditional morals, as she is beginning to fall out of love with her husband and into a forbidden love with a married man. Their common struggles lead Layale and her friends into an unbreakable bond of friendship.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    You are likely to remember this charming film, directed by Nadine Labaki, less for its gently comic, mildly melodramatic plot than for its friendly and inviting atmosphere.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It is sweet but not saccharine, an intimate film that doesn't stint on the desperation and anxiety that go along with the search for love.

  • 70

    Variety

    Fresh from commercials and musicvids, novice helmer (and star) Nadine Labaki gathers five women around a Beirut beauty salon to address a range of issues facing Lebanese women -- f...

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Comedy, Drama

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Foreign Language, Love & Romance