Caramel (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Caramel is both an astute cultural study, and a charming comedic drama from a talented newcomer.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Caramel is a bittersweet treat.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Labaki elicits expressive performances from a cast of amateurs, aided by Khalad Mouzanar's entrancing score and Yves Sehnaoui's lush cinematography.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Caramel is filled with more dignity, class, and realism than a Sex and the City could ever muster.

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Craig Outhier
Miami Herald

Wistful tale of friendship and solidarity.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Perceptive and poignant, Caramel observes the love lives of the establishment's owner, her employees and their customers.

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Emanuel Levy

A chick flick form Lebanon, this film has some charm

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times


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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune

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.

David Stratton
The Australian

It's one of the best films about women you're likely to see this year.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Despite the unrealistically attractive cast, perhaps excessive oestrogen and its deliberate angling to an international audience - I thoroughly enjoyed this… More
Rico Zamora
This film paints a beautiful picture of life for women in Lebanon. The movie is devoid of bombs, terrorists, military and any of the usual suspects in movies… More
Nicki Marie
I have been wanting to see this one since I first saw it advertised a few years back. Just seemed to be one that I never came across at the video store, or… More
Mark Abell
A lovely, sweet film. Think Steel Magnolias in Beruit. The action revolves around five women who work in, live near, or frequent a beauty salon, Si Belle. The… More
Janice Yan
This movie surprised me. I did not expect too much when I walked into the cinema, but i really enjoyed it, a very bitter sweet touch...
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Caramel" is set around the Si Belle Beauty Salon in Beirut where Nisrine(Yasmine Elmasri) is getting ready to be married to… More