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62triplet said:
(2007) 92% (%) 4)* * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "'Caramel' is a romantic, ensemble comedy set in and around a Beirut beauty salon and the daily lives of five Lebanese women who meet there, all with their own quirks and comedic problems they must deal with, centering more on the relationships and bonds between the women than on romance." CONSENSUS: "'Caramel' is both an astute cultural study, and a charming comedic drama from a talented newcomer. 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." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: Colin Colvert of the Startribune had given this a good review, and as I had enjoyed other recent Middle Eastern movies he had reviewed ("The Band's Visit" (2007) and "Waltz with Bashir" [30 Jun 09]), this looked to be an easy selection. MY THOUGHTS: Women from different cultures have many of the same aspirations, however they go about it. Western images are all over the Middle East, and the title shows one technique, using warm caramel as a dipilatory, to achieve beauty - but not without pain. The Lebanese actors (almost all are amateurs) do a fine job of showing common traits of women world-wide, but at the same time weighed down by family, culture, and religion. Much better than the "Barbershop-type" Hollywood chick-flicks, as each character gets her story told in depth. Recommended for a view into a culture in the news.
posted Jul 29, 2009 at 6:52AM
Avatar for rob5i rob5i said:
Not Very Memorable I picked this up and started watching it not realizing I’d seen it before (less than a year ago). Although the cinematography is good the story isn’t. The most interesting character is Rima and she’s stuck in the background.
posted Oct 20, 2010 at 9:58AM
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