#Caramel (2007)

English: Photograph of Nadine Labaki after the...

English: Photograph of Nadine Labaki after the screening of her film Caramel in BFI’s 51st London Film Festival. Taken by Omernos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How about Waiting to Exhale (1995) in Arabic? The milieu is a salon Si Belle in Beirut, where four friends work and share their stories… about love, of course. We are talking a super religious country here, so what seems trivia here in North America can be scandalous in that part of our world.

Fortunately, love stories are truly universal, there will be no language barrier to understand what is going on.

Layale (Nadine Labaki), (also director and writer of this film), has a secret lover, who she only meets when he calls her, and the rendez-vous  locations are usually secretive. She understands that this is stupid, but yet she continues to fall for this married guy. She even cleans up a seedy motel room so that they have a decent place to meet. As usual, the outcome is predictable.

Nisrine (Yasmine Elmasri) has a secret too, and hers needs a doctor to help. Her problem is more specific to her religion and tradition; however, this problem is less important for a bride in North American. I bet you know what I mean, you the un-pure ones! Amen.

Rima (Joanna Moukarzel)’s secret is in fact au courant with our many debates with equality and the rights to love despite one’s sexual orientation. Rima has a special client that visits her often for shampoo. It is clear that she has no interest in other sex, cause an obvious horn-up delivery guy is given the cold shoulder in several occasions.

Jamale (Gisèle Aouad) is the divorcée with two children to take care, with husband ran away with a young girl, and with a dying career: she is an ageing actor. It is humourous or sad when you have to fake being fertile (imagine wearing white…and ooops)

Rose (Sihame Haddad) in her 60 is living with her “not-all-there” mom Lili (Aziza Semaan). She has to sacrifice romantic love so that she can continue to take her mom’s abuse. As the only child, what can you do? At 60, would you run away for love, and leave your family behind? Poor Charles (Dimitri Staneofski) gets stood-up at the café.

Overall is quite an entertaining movie. Lili will sure drive you nuts. WATCH.



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