The film interweaves stories of five Lebanese women living in Beirut, showing their sorrows and pains, their joys and happiness. It manages to paint a picture of an extremely diverse Muslim society. Through the stories of these five women we see five different ways of life.
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So let's be clear, this is an exceptional movie.You will find it funny, cute, picturing nicely a society that seems very far from you, but what you won't see is that this film was, ans still is, a revolution in Lebanon. I know better, I am myself Lebanese and whatever is depicted in this movie, it's all true, it's perfectly depicted, it's bold and sadly, although produced in 2007, it's still pretty actual.Must watch!
The phrase "it’s a man's world" certainly applies to the Beirut in which 'Caramel' is set, yet Labaki is able to reclaim the world for the women in the film by showing the small, but significant, victories, hopes and dreams of women who sometimes flounder under the sea of patriarchy, but always resurface to reclaim the love, dignity and friendship which should be their right.
I thought it was beautiful.
" Five Lebanese women tackling forbidden love, binding traditions, repressed sexuality, the struggle to accept the natural process of age, and duty vs. desire. Labaki's film is unique for not showcasing a war-ravaged Beirut but rather a warm and inviting locale where people deal with universal issues."
There is something sweet and subtle about Nadine Labaki's film. Maybe almost feminist, definitely feminine. Absolutely delicious this peek into the conversations of women, usually with no men around. And what is shown is shown with candure and dignity, with humour and sensuality. Like the slowness, the color of caramel. And these are Lebanese women, arabic, francophone. Read between every two lines.
Frais, drôle et sensible... Nadine Labaki arrive à créer une vraie proximité, une belle empathie, entre le spectateur et ces femmes aux destins à la fois tortueux et tellement "normaux", et ceci sans jamais tomber dans le pathos .
Bref, ça fait rire, froncer les sourcils, avoir parfois jusqu'à une petite larme à l'oeil, réfléchir, ça ne laisse pas indifférent... Et ça fait du bien!