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CARAMEL aka SUKKAR BANAT
USA: Roadside Attractions
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Massri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisele Aouad, Adel Karam, Sihame Haddad, Aziza Semaan, Fatmeh Safa, Dimitri Staneofski, Fadia Stella, Ismaïl Antar
Director: Nadine Labaki
Countries: France / Lebanon
Language: Lebanese (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 95 mins
USA Rated: PG for thematic elements involving sexuality, language and some smoking
UK Certificate: PG contains mild sex references, language and one drug reference
USA Release Date: 1 February 2008 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 16 May 2008 (Limited Release)
UK DVD Release Date: 8 September 2008
Set in Beirut, Lebanon, five women regularly meet up in a beauty salon which is a colourful and sensual microcosm of the city where several generations come into contact, talk and share confidences.
Layale (Nadine Labaki) loves Rabih but he is married. Nisrine (Yasmine Elmasri) is Muslim and her forthcoming marriage might be put in jeopardy as she is no longer a virgin. Rima (Joanna Moukarzel) is tormented by the fact that she is attracted to women particularly one client with long hair. Jamale (Gisele Aouad) is refusing to grow old, while Rose (Sihame Haddad) has sacrificed her life to look after her elderly sister.
It's in the salon between haircuts and sugar waxing with caramel that their intimate and liberated conversations come to the fore revolving around men, sex and motherhood.
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