Caramel (DVD, 2008)

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Overview -

Caramel

Features

Closed Caption; Interview with Director Nadine Labaki; Theatrical Trailer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Caramel
1. Chapter 1 [5:18]
2. Chapter 2 [6:13]
3. Chapter 3 [5:34]
4. Chapter 4 [7:32]
5. Chapter 5 [4:58]
6. Chapter 6 [6:21]
7. Chapter 7 [5:36]
8. Chapter 8 [8:40]
9. Chapter 9 [5:10]
10. Chapter 10 [6:28]
11. Chapter 11 [6:30]
12. Chapter 12 [4:58]
13. Chapter 13 [4:37]
14. Chapter 14 [3:46]
15. Chapter 15 [5:56]
16. Chapter 16 [3:55]

Editorial Reviews

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 within her power to reverse the visible effects of aging. As Rose laments the fact that she has sacrificed her own happiness in order to care for her older sister, the intimate conversations shared over the course of a typical day reveal just how universal the lives, loves, and concerns of contemporary women truly are. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi All Movie Guide

Specifications

  • UPC:
    031398228608
  • Source: LIONS GATE
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Editions: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Reviews (2)

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Nadine Labaki, the actress, writer, and director, brings us to the world of women. This movie covers the mind of women and how they each struggle with their own problems. And what strengthens this movie is its reality. This movie will leave you in a sensual, lovely, and warm sensation. A Must See!

    • Anonymous
      3 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

      4.0 / 5.0

      SUKKAR BANAT (CARAMEL) marks a fine directorial debut for the stunningly beautiful Lebanese actress Nadine Labaki. Though films about the private lives of a circle of women who gather in a mutual watering hole to gossip, share joys and pains of love affairs, as well as being the important support group they all need are plentiful (think STEEL MAGNOLIAS), few come as close to the intimacy shared by this talented cast whose disparate problems keep the film flying. The screenplay by Rodney El Haddad and Jihad Hojeily is greatly enhanced by the cinematography by Yves Sehnaoui with the atmospheric musical score by Khaled Mouzannar, but it is the impeccable cast that completes this tender, humorous, and gently sentimental little tale. The film shows us a Lebanon we rarely see. The setting is a Beirut beauty salon La Belle owned by Layale (Nadine Labaki) whose frequent absences from her place of business are due to trysts with a married man, trysts often delayed by a police officer, the handsome and infatuated Youssef (Adel Karram). Working in the shop is Rima (Johanna Moukarzel) whose same sex infatuation with a beautiful patron is subtly explored, and regulars in the salon include an aging wannabe actress Jamale (Gisè le Aouad), a non virgin bride to be Nisrine (Yasmine Elmasri) and an older seamstress Rose (Sihame Haddad) who has elected to relinquish her hopes for love with a willing and potential elderly man Charles (Dimitri Staneofski) in favor of continuing to care for her humorously senile mother Lili (Aziza Semaan). How these unforgettable characters interact, displacing each other's anxieties by caring friendship freely shared, offers each of these fine actresses many moments of glory in addition to creating a fine ensemble effect as sensitively directed by Nadine Labaki. This little film (in Arabic and French with subtitles) is a complete pleasure and will likely draw attention to future films from Lebanon. Grady Harp