Caramel (Sukkar Banat)
Life , like caramel, is
both sweet and hard
In my review of The Women
(2008), I suggested that it would be better, if you are interested in
women and their relationships, and the question of infidelity in
marriage, to see this film, a Lebanese/French co-production.
Like The Women, both the 1939
and 2008 versions, there are very few men in this film, and we never
really see the unfaithful husband. What we do see is a very sensitive
portrait of a group of women friends and work colleaugues working at a
lovely old run-down beauty salon, called "Si Belle" (So
Beautiful, in French). In a sly joke, the "B" has fallen down, so it
actually says "Si elle" (If she...). And that's the question that is
asked about each of the women in the film: "What if she...?"
All the scenes in the beauty salon are shot in a lovely caramel glow,
and many scenes are inventively framed. The neighbourhood is lovingly
presented, with all its eccentric and flawed characters, and its true
sense of community.
I really loved this film, and will try to write more about it later.
The writer/director/ star, the lovely Nadine Labaki dedicated it to "My
Beirut". Its worth visiting it on IDBM
<http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0825236/> to have a look at the
pictures to get an idea of what a beautiful experience this film will
be to watch.
For the girls, it's a must-see.