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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

Gross USA:

$1,060,591
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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

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 »

Soundtracks

Succar Ya Banat
Lyrics by Rodney El Haddad
Music by Khaled Mouzanar
Performed by Rasha Rizk
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A Cake with 10 Eggs
13 March 2008 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Insightful film dominated by Writer-Director-Lead Actress Nadine Labaki. Billed as a Romantic Comedy, this is much more a commentary on people ... especially women and how everyone's thought and actions revolve around finding the right companion. During that search, there can be much loneliness and frustration, but the discovery makes it all worthwhile.

The doe-eyed Ms. Labaki gives a fine performance and supposedly most of the supporting roles were filled by "real" people, not actors. Probably why the movie has such an earthy, straight-from-the-heart feel to it. There is much creativity in the editing and scene cuts. Much of the humor of the film is derived from tying one scene to another seemingly unrelated one.

Not in the class of the Almodovar films, it still is very poignant and classy in it's commentary on women and relationships. Also, it is refreshing to see a film on Beirut that is character driven and not politically or war based.


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