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
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 »

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Adrar Al Doukhan
Written by Mounir El Khawi
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Just Awesome
3 July 2008 | by HeragSee all my reviews

God Bless DVD, Netflix and Nadine Labaki,I would have never seen a Lebanese movie. I have no idea where Lebanon is and frankly I don't care. Labaki is to Lebanon, what Sofia Loren is to Italy. Sofia Loren once said "I owe it all to spaghetti" I wonder what Lebaki owes it to! After you watch a movie there are some lingering moments of a face that captures your imagination-Labaki is one such face. The intensity is sometimes unnerving. I also find out that she was the director of the movie-that can explain certain scenes. She is rare combination of beauty and brains or talent as it translates here. All the scenes are open ended-that leaves lot to the imagination as opposed to the American Cinema-an artistic endeavor reminiscent of Italian Cinema-the likes of Fellini, Vittoria De Seca etc. The cinematography is captivating. This movie has made me to get out my little pond and take off my blinders for good.


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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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