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? –IMDb
Born in Baabdat, Lebanon on the 18th of February 1974 to Antoine and Antoinette Labaki, Nadine participated as a contestant on the televised talent show, Studio el fan, in the early 90’s in the “directing” category. For the competition, she directed a music video, “Habeebi Ya”, for an amateur singer called Carla. Carla is now a well known presenter in Rotana music channel’s program, Rotana Café.
Her first video was “Tayr El Gharam” for the Lebanese artist Pascale Machaalani. Later on, she did another two videos for Noura Rahal, but these videos did not draw much attention. Her follow up effort with Katia Harb for the music video of the song “Ma Fina”, garnered more recognition.
Labaki’s real breakthrough was Nancy Ajram’s video, “Akhasmak Ah”. The video showcased Nancy as the waitress of a traditional Egyptian coffee shop where she serves and entertains male customers. The video raised controversy, but Nadine justified her use of this character as a powerful and attractive… read more