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" Sukkar banat" - Caramel (International: English title) is a must see movie..... except for those who only care about special effects, CGI, loud explosions, car chases, stupid plots and the typical Hollywood "BlockBuster" type material; or are too manly to watch a movie about the bonding of women. If you fall into either of those categories then skip this one, you will not like it.

If on the other hand you enjoy movies that revolve around real life and real life problems. If you enjoy learning about other cultures and love to watch beautiful women and are manly enough to watch a film about female bonding, relationships and social consciousness then this is a MUST SEE!

Plot:A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Lebanon's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008).

IMDB User Rating: 7.3/10 (1,379 votes)

Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter = 91%, Top Critics = 92%

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

Synopsis: Warm and sweet, this Lebanese film lives up to its titular substance without ever being too sugary. Actress Nadine Labaki cowrote and directed CARAMEL, an ensemble comedy set in and around a Beirut beauty salon. Labaki also stars as Layale, a beautician torn by
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Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show) her secret affair with a married who beckons her with his car horn. Her coworker Nisrine ( Yasmine Al Masri ) is about to get married, but she withholds a secret from her fiancé and hides her modern looks from his family. Meanwhile, shampooist Rima ( Joanna Moukarzel ) lusts after a female customer and her lush locks. Client and aging actress Jamal ( Gisele Aouad ) makes frequent visits to the salon to measure up to her much younger competition, but her efforts don't seem to be helping her career. In contrast, Rose ( Siham Haddad ) seems to have given up the fight against her advancing years, but the appearance of a new suitor may change things, even though she devotes most of her time to the care of her older sister ( Aziza Semaan ).
In her directorial debut, Labaki displays both beauty and brains. Few women in cinema history have looked as stunning onscreen as Labaki does here, but she doesn't let her looks carry her. It's a sensitive performance that stands out among the others in the film, but she never overshadows her costars, who are all excellent in their acting debuts. More like the French film VENUS BEAUTY INSTITUTE than the American comedy BEAUTY SHOP , CARAMEL is a mature film that still manages to be a lot of fun. There's certainly romance here, but the film centers more on the relationships and bonds between the six women at its heart.

Fantastic casting, wonderful direction, great sound track and beautiful women; what more could you ask for.

A great film and a must see (but not for everyone as noted above).

Highly Recommended!!
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