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A Beirut beauty salon serves as a microcosm of modern society in director Nadine Labaki's look at liberated conversation in a conflicted society. Over the course of their day it becomes readily apparent that women are truly the same everywhere, regardless of the society they live in. While single Layale struggles with her growing attraction to a married man, Muslim bride-to-be Nisrine fears that her husband will find out that she has already lost her virginity, and Rima wages a futile war against her lesbian instincts. As with many women who frequent the salon, Jamale does everything… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Caramel is a bittersweet treat."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Labaki elicits expressive performances from a cast of amateurs, aided by Khalad Mouzanar's entrancing score and Yves Sehnaoui's lush cinematography."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Caramel is filled with more dignity, class, and realism than a Sex and the City could ever muster."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Many films these days celebrate female solidarity. Post-feminism, it's almost obligatory. But very few do it as convincingly, and with such style."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"The result is a sweet, but certainly not cloying, film about relationships in modern Beirut %u2013 the city to which Labaki dedicates her film."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Wistful tale of friendship and solidarity."
‑ Craig Outhier, Miami Herald
"Perceptive and poignant, Caramel observes the love lives of the establishment's owner, her employees and their customers."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"A chick flick form Lebanon, this film has some charm"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Taken together, the women tell a universal story about the beauty and battles of daily life."
‑ , FILMINK (Australia)
"This vibrant and intricate look at the lives of five women in Beirut is tantalisingly sweet as the title suggests. There are themes within the themes and the various stories intersect with compelling fluidity"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"There's a pleasant, easygoing charm to Caramel, largely stemming from Labaki's rare determination to depict Beirut as something other than a war-torn, slowly recovering battleground."
‑ Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune
"It's one of the best films about women you're likely to see this year."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"Labaki, who co-wrote the film and also stars, maintains a knowing comic tone throughout."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"Ritual and rebellion collide in this bittersweet confection casting a rare gaze upon the pleasures, sorrows, dreams and sexual desires of Arab women in the Middle East."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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