Keswick Film Festival

Caramel
(Sukkar Banat)

Director: Nadine Labaki Country: France/Lebanon
Cert: PG Year: 2007 Length: 95 minsLanguage: Subtitles
2008 Festival
Caramel

Audience Reaction

Score: 72.73% Attendance: 74

Links

  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database

Labaki directs, co-writes and leads this crackling ensemble piece set in Beirut. She plays Layale, a beauty-shop owner with a settled relationship at the centre of a medley of women with problems. But all is not as it seems: here 'caramel' is not just sweet, but a painful depilatory. And in the movie her settled relationship turns out to be with a man married to someone else. The friendship of the group of women is complicated by sectarian division - yet still manages to survive and thrive in such a cosmopolitan city. Even lesbianism, albeit subtly treated, has its moments.

NW England première – thanks to Momentum Pictures

Critics

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Effortlessly empathetic
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Kenneth Turan, LA Times







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