Friday, July 11, 2008

Caramel (2007)

The unofficial movie subgenre of Romantic Comedy Where All The Protagonists Work Together At A Beauty Salon has no shortage of product, and this Lebanese import is one of the most recent and, happily, one of the best. Nadine Labaki directs and stars in this charming tale, where women of all ages and persuasions engage in that universal search for love, without a hint of sappiness or melodrama. And while the women experience inevitable disappointments along the way, they face their challenges with strength, grace, and a good-humored outlook. Some even find the love they seek, and in surprising places. It's also surprising that a nation with as tortured a recent history as Lebanon could produce a film as humanistic and uplifting as Caramel. We wish Ms. Labaki and her creative team much success.

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