Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Elmasri, Joanna Moukarzel, Giséle Aouad, Adel Karam, Sihame Haddad, Aziza Semaan
|Screenplay||Rodney El Haddad, Jihad Hojeily, Nadine Labaki|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital|
|Produced by||Les Films des Tournelles, Bac Films, CNC, Les Films de Beyrouth, Roissy Films, Sunnyland, arte France Cinéma|
|Sex||Mild sexual innuendo and references|
|Violence||One mildly implied scene|
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What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
Diane de Beer
Leon van Nierop
Jason Anderson To call Caramel a Lebanese chick flick may not sound terribly flattering but the film's blend of breezy humour, bittersweet feeling and soft feminism is definitely reminiscent of better-known Hollywood counterparts despite the Middle Eastern setting.
James Berardinelli Caramel could easily be dubbed a Lebanese version of Salon. The movie, the directorial debut of writer/director/actress Nadine Labaki, follows the lives and loves of five women whose paths criss-cross in Beirut. As is often the case with ensemble efforts like this one, some of the stories are more interesting than others and this has the unwelcome side-effect of making proceedings stumble whenever one of the less compelling women takes center stage. Unlike some foreign films, Caramel is easily accessible for viewers of all nations and cultures.
Tomatometer Caramel is both an astute cultural study, and a charming comedic drama from a talented newcomer.
What the People say
1539 Netizens Sex in the City with brains, realism, and without affectation.
Average .. 72%