Very warm and feminine. It is a beautiful piece from daily life of Beirut. It shows some social aspects of what it is like to be a woman in Middle East, in terms of relationships, wedding, virginity together with friendship and solidarity. I love how Nadine used colors. It is very visual and vivid. Also very nice soundtrack. It makes me want to visit Beirut.
An airy, fluttering mosaic of the lives of Islamic women in Beirut. Whilst lovingly shot with deft touch and charm, the perils of having five central storylines within a 95 minute time-frame is that not everything, or everyone, ends up with enough screen time to really delve into their desires, fears or psyches. There were threads that drew me in more so that others, but finished before they even properly began.
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.