A beauty salon in Beirut is a safe haven for five women in this Lebanese romantic comedy. As they share in each other’s experiences and emotions, the salon becomes a colorful epicenter of friendship as the women search for the answers to questions of life, love, and happiness.
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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.
Didn’t know society in Beirut really holds conservative values as shown here.
Though the vibe is as sweet as the title. Loving the pleasant and feminine visuals, and the music too. Made me want to visit Beirut.
Am allergic to movies set in beauty salons. Still, this film was 100x better than "Steel Magnolias," though I'm not sure such a comparison is even apt. Good script with unique characters all seeking happiness under a repressive patriarchal regime. At times the emphasis on what men want/like is overwhelmingly sad/terrifying. Depressed by how the women wear halter tops over tee shirts, to conform to the modesty laws.