- 1 hr 36 min
The movie Caramel is a Lebanese film. This film was directed by and stars Nadine Labaki. This film was released in over forty countries and has become the most internationally acclaimed film from the Lebanese culture to this date. This movie tells the story of five Lebanese women as they deals with issues such as forbidden love, traditional roles, their sexuality, aging, and their expectations verses their desires. Caramel represents mixing the sweet and the sour. The title shows that situations can be sticky but the female characters come out on top. The movie follows the lives of five Lebanese women. Layale works at a beauty salon. She is in a relationship with a man that is married. Nisrine has lost her virginity. She is about to be married and her family feels that sex before marriage is inappropriate and not acceptable. Rima is a lesbian but is afraid to act on her feelings. Jamale wants to be an actress but is worried about her age and appearance. Rose is an older woman that has spent her life taking care of her family including her mentally unstable sister. Rose has found her first love after many years of being apart. This movie does not address any of the political issues or war activities in Lebanon. The movie focuses on the everyday lives of these women and the issues they are facing. These issues are universal and felt by people all around the world. The film was made only nine days before war broke out in Lebanon with Israel. It was release exactly one year after the war started. This movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Carmel has won the Directors Fortnight selection award in 2007. The movie has also won several awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival and awards for the best Middle Eastern film of the year.