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Caramel [DVD] (2007)

Nadine Labaki , Yasmine Elmasri , Nadine Labaki    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Elmasri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Adel Karam
  • Directors: Nadine Labaki
  • Writers: Rodney El Haddad, Jihad Hojeily
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Arabic, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016ZSOH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,809 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Caramel is a deliciously indulgent and intimate account of five women working together in a beauty parlour. Beautiful Layal is oblivious to the gaze of a local admirer and instead fixates on a married man. Nisrine will soon be married but is afraid her fiancé will discover he isn’t her first lover. Rima has designs on one of her stunning, dark-haired customers. Jamal is an aspiring actress and is refusing to grow old, while ageing Rose is overwhelmed when she discovers true-love for the first time. As the women from different generations share in each others experiences and emotions, the beauty parlour becomes a colourful hub of friendship and wisdom. Caramel weaves a delicious tale of life and is as sweet and moreish as its title.

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delicious! 13 Sep 2008
Format:DVD
Im not a huge fan of foreign films, i prefer to watch whats happening on screen rather than reading subtitles below it, but i borrowed this newly released film from a friend who persuaded me i would enjoy it.
Set in Lebanon the film is not what i expected. It was the perfect blend of comedy and sweetness and sad and heartwarming. The story follows a group of women who either work in or around a beauty salon and everyone has their secrets, from the woman who has a crush on one of her customers to an elderly women exeriencing true love for the first time. The women are all modern and in and out of love, like any romantic comedy, except these women are very restricted by their religion and their familys expectations. It made me laugh out loud in moments, and you do really care and feel for the characters. Lebanon looks absolutley gorgeous, exotic and vibrant, and with this film the director, Nadine Labaki, who also plays the lead, layala, shows us why she loves her country so much.
In short, its a funny, sweet, uplifting, heartwarming romantic comedy that just so happens to have subtitles!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By andy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Caramel is a beautifully made film that is so much better than the good film that I was expecting to watch – a film that I was sorry had to end. The DVD of the film together with over an hour of extra features is excellent.

The actors perform superbly, although from what Nadine Labaki says in “A Conversation With Nadine Labaki” it would seem that not all are experienced actors – though this is hard to believe given the performances that everyone gives.

The film is good on so many levels. As well as the acting, the directing from Nadine Labaki is just so clever and faultless that together with great music from Khaled Mouzanar (which won a Best Music award at the Cannes Film Festival), and sumptuous cinematography Caramel is a film that could be watched many times giving a little more on each viewing.

The extra features on the DVD are very informative and entertaining in themselves: “A Conversation With Nadine Labaki” (35 minutes); “A Conversation With Khaled Mouzanar” (12 minutes); “Behind The Scenes” (12 minutes); “At The Fistivals” (4 minutes); “Trailer” (1 minute).

The two “Conversations With” features if watched after the main film give an insight into some of the characters and the music within the film, potentially making further viewings of Caramel yet more rewarding still.

Caramel has won and been nominated for numerous awards and having watched it, it is easy to see why.

If you are thinking of buying this DVD I would urge you to do so – for me this is a most rewarding film.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful and life-affirming film 26 Sep 2008
Format:DVD
I found this film inspiring. It is an intimate account of the lives of five women in Beirut. It is thought provoking and honest. It's realistic. Life is not like a Hollywood movie, as Caramel says, life is like a melon; you have to cut it to see if it's good.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Caramel" is not what you'd expect from Lebanese filmmaking and in particular movies about that most troubled of their cities - Beirut. I found it touching, unbelievably insightful and genuinely romantic too - it's one of the loveliest watches I've had the pleasure of seeing in years. The largely unknown cast is superb and each deserves specific mention:

NADINE LABAKI plays Layale - the sexy yet scatter-brained 35-year old owner of "Si Belle" - a salon that acts as emotion-central for co-workers and girlfriends. Layale is having a giddy but demeaning affair with a married man whom we never see except as a shadow in a car under a bridge - or hear him - as he honks his horn outside the premises for her to come running...

YASMINE AL MASRI plays Nisrine - one of Layale's best workers - the beautiful and young Nisrine is having doubts about her forthcoming marriage to Bassam - a headstrong modern man played by ISMAL ANTAR. Bassam is a man who will take on the oppressive state and even God rather than capitulate; Nisrine's also worried that Bassam might not want her should he find out about her less-than-virginal past...

GISELE AOUAD plays Jamale - a customer and friend of the younger ladies. Jamale's mid to late 40's, an actress who is getting too old to nab the lucrative advert roles anymore and goes to sad and desperate lengths to stay young-looking...

JOANNA MOUKARZEL plays the slightly butch Rima - a lowly washer of hair in the saloon who falls silently and breathlessly in love with a beautiful woman who walks in off the street one afternoon. She is played by FATME SAFA - and may even share with shy Rima the love that dares not speaks its name (the title of this review is a lyric from a love song sung by Rima at Nisrine's wedding)...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyment film ! 19 Aug 2014
Format:DVD
I enjoyed watching this film when it was released and for some reason had it on my mind, although I could remember the title. A quick search of movie data base refreshed my memory and I was able to purchase a DVD through amazon. It was even better on DVD. After each viewing, I pick up more innuendoes and and subtleties which had been missed. It is a very heart warming story about the lives of others and particularly inspiring in that it is about ordinary people in Lebanon trying to get on with their lives despite the obstacles of living with daily power outages, caring for relatives, and living in a multicultural society. I thought it was a great movie and recommend it to all. I enjoyed several stories all coming together, lots of drama, comedy, and great character acting. Well Done !
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Published 2 months ago by MISS N T PILISO
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good.
Published 3 months ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic cinema
Really love this film, the story line, the characters and the filmography.
Published 4 months ago by sarahmulk
1.0 out of 5 stars beautiful film but only 2 subtitle options
Sadly my fault, didn't realise there was no option for English subtitles on this version. I would love to see the film but unfortunately wasn't able to follow. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms Purple
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 10 months ago by Keith Taylord
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific film
Works at many levels.Much more upbeat tha many world films.The acting is superb as is the subtle script.-- -- --
Published 13 months ago by Ms. E. hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beiruti woman's life
Not the usual war / terrorism Lebanon set film, but a look at the lives of a group of women in a Beirut beauty salon. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anna Costin
3.0 out of 5 stars Romance, humour and pathos
A slow storyline but it definitely had a story. It was like a single episode of a soap - women chatting in a beauty salon. Read more
Published 22 months ago by booksconnect
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous sweet film
This was a gorgeous film. If you want a heartwarming, rainy Sunday film then buy this. Made me want to travel to Lebanon!
Published on 28 Oct 2012 by James
4.0 out of 5 stars A bloke's review....
I get a distinct impression from the reviews here on Amazon that most, if not all were written by women and that 'Caramel' is generally seen as a movie for the 'girls'.... Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by Tim Kidner
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