Caramel (Sukkar banat)

Caramel (Sukkar banat)

Caramel (Sukkar banat)
A romantic comedy centered on the problematic daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut. Layal (Nadine Labaki) owns a beauty salon and employs three other women. They've all got issues: Layal is going out with a married man, Nisrine - a Muslim - doesn't want her fiancé to know she's not a virgin; Rima fancies the female client (frowned apon); and Jamale wants to be an actress but frets about her age.
2008Rating: PG, sexual references95 minsLebanon, FranceArabic with English subtitles
Romantic Comedy
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Variety

Variety

press

Fresh from commercials and musicvids, novice helmer (and star) Nadine Labaki gathers five women around a Beirut beauty salon to address a range of issues facing Lebanese women -- from extramarital affairs to religious dictates. Low on calories and not especially original but always diverting.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

You are likely to remember this charming film, directed by Nadine Labaki, less for its gently comic, mildly melodramatic plot than for its friendly and inviting atmosphere.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

An impressive and lovely debut about female camaraderie.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It is sweet but not saccharine, an intimate film that doesn't stint on the desperation and anxiety that go along with the search for love.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Warm-hearted and accessible, it could benefit from good word of mouth in a limited art house run, particularly among audiences who like their rom-coms laced with foreign ingredients.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Caramel will likely be the Lebanese selection for Academy Award for “Best Foreign Film;” it’s inconceivable to me that it won’t win, but it’ll still be an injustice if it does. Caramel deserves to be in the categories with the big boys, so to speak, and whoever wins for Best Actress will be the second most deserving actress of 2007.

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An effective look at women's lives in a decidedly non-Hollywood setting.

4.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

As a "chick flick" it obeys all the conventions, but still surprised me with every scene - and as a debut film from a director with a sure-handedness that most film-makers take years to acquire. Caramel is a lovely piece of work. Do go.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Fresh from commercials and musicvids, novice helmer (and star) Nadine Labaki gathers five women around a Beirut beauty salon to address a range of issues facing Lebanese women -- from extramarital affairs to religious dictates. Low on calories and not especially original but always diverting.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

You are likely to remember this charming film, directed by Nadine Labaki, less for its gently comic, mildly melodramatic plot than for its friendly and inviting atmosphere.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

An impressive and lovely debut about female camaraderie.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It is sweet but not saccharine, an intimate film that doesn't stint on the desperation and anxiety that go along with the search for love.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Warm-hearted and accessible, it could benefit from good word of mouth in a limited art house run, particularly among audiences who like their rom-coms laced with foreign ingredients.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Caramel will likely be the Lebanese selection for Academy Award for “Best Foreign Film;” it’s inconceivable to me that it won’t win, but it’ll still be an injustice if it does. Caramel deserves to be in the categories with the big boys, so to speak, and whoever wins for Best Actress will be the second most deserving actress of 2007.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An effective look at women's lives in a decidedly non-Hollywood setting.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

As a "chick flick" it obeys all the conventions, but still surprised me with every scene - and as a debut film from a director with a sure-handedness that most film-makers take years to acquire. Caramel is a lovely piece of work. Do go.

4.0
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