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Actress Nadine Labaki’s directorial début is a charming and sensuous romantic comedy set in a Beirut hairdressers’ where, between treatments, the stylists and clients exchange frank conversation about their loves and lives. From lesbian leanings and surgically reinstated virginity to OAP dating and infidelity, the experiences of these women (the majority non-professional actresses) reflect those of women in Lebanese society.


“It [Caramel] celebrates the solidarity of women negotiating a series of emotional events. An effective look at women’s lives in a decidedly non-Hollywood setting. ****” Empire

“a lovely film […] lovingly shaped and deeply felt, a happy-sad charmer which deserves a wide audience.” Trevor Johnston, Time Out London

“Like the confection of its title, Caramel is a subtle delicacy – sweet, but not too sticky – and one to be savored.” Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“If your instinct warns against a comedy about female friendship with such a sugary title, don’t listen. This is a lovely film about the comings and goings of Beirut hairdressers” Cath Clarke, The Guardian



San Sebastián International Film Festival ’07 – WINNER
– Audience Award (Nadine Labaki)
– Sebastian Award (Nadine Labaki)
– Youth Jury Award (Nadine Labaki)

Satellite Awards ’08 nomination
– Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language Film