• Caramel (2008)


Release Date: February 1st, 2008

PG |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

A beauty salon in Beirut is a safe haven for five women in this Lebanese romantic comedy. Shop owner Layale (Nadine Labaki) consults her employees about a problematic affair, stylist Rima (Joanna Markouzel) does not know how to handle her attraction to a female client, and seamstress Rose abandons her own ambitions to care for her family. With the support of their friends in their familiar salon, the women search for the answers to questions of life, love and happiness.

Cast: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Massri, Joanna Markouzel, Gisele Aouad, Adel Karam, Sihame Haddad, Aziza Semaan, Fatmeh Safa

Director: Nadine Labaki

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Cinéfondation, Arte France Cinema, Les Films de Beyrouth, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement International, Fonds Sud Cinéma, Roissy Films, Sunnyland, Bac Films, Les Films des Tournelles, Ministère Libanais de la Culture, Centre National de la Cinematographie

Keywords: Relationships , Moving , Forbidden love , 2000s , Amusing , Transformation ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Labaki, who studied filmmaking in Lebanon and France, has a deft touch and nice instincts. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Warm-hearted and accessible, it could benefit from good word of mouth in a limited art house run, particularly among audiences who like their rom-coms laced with foreign ingredients. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    All but one of the actresses in Caramel are nonprofessionals -- not unprofessional, just untrained in the craft -- and they are, to a woman, enchanting. So is this Lebanese comedy. show more

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