An Egyptian living in Europe but her heart stayed back home. Having some random thoughts about the before and after pictures. Ghawayesh means bracelets. In my context it symbolizes the cuffs of my culture. I don't know if I like them or hate them. Thanks for passing by.
13 June 2011
Caramel.. Because I Have To.
This is not only a work of art in every way, but also the fact that Nadine Labaki, the creator and main role actress of the movie, is my ultimate dream woman. She had an idea, went for it, and couldn't stop before realizing it at its best. She made it to Cannes with her first movie! Critics described the movies as "both an astute cultural study, and a charming comedic drama from a talented newcomer."
I keep a copy of this movie in my "precious box". It can be easily considered a documentary of my lifetime; for my kids and grand kids, who will happen to grow so far away from where I came from, to see how my life back home was like.
Caramel narrates the lives of five Lebanese women dealing with issues such as forbidden love, binding traditions, repressed sexuality, the struggle to accept the process of aging, and duty versus desire.
The title Caramel refers to an epilation method that consists of heating sugar, water and lemon juice; then making a sticky paste of the mixture, which can be used to remove the body hairs from the roots. It's a method as old as ancient Egypt; and the secret for our silky soft skin; we- Middle Eastern women.
Labaki also symbolically implies the "idea of sweet and salt, sweet and sour" and showcases that everyday relations can sometimes be sticky but ultimately the sisterhood shared between the central female characters prevails.
Caramel revolves around the life of Layale; who works in a beauty salon in Beirut along with two other women, Nisrine and Rima. Each one has a problem: Layale is stuck in a dead-end relationship with a married man; Nisrine is no longer a virgin but is set to be married and in her conservative family where pre-marital sex is not accepted; Rima is attracted to women; Jamale, a regular customer and wannabe actress, is worried about getting old; Rose, a tailor with a shop next to the salon, is an old woman who had devoted her life to taking care of her mentally unbalanced older sister Lili, but has found her first love. The film doesn't refer to any of the political problems or recent warfare that has troubled Lebanon. Rather, Labaki's tale paints everyday people with everyday problems.
The shooting of Caramel ended just nine days before the Israel-Lebanon war erupted in July 2006 and was released in Cannes exactly one year after the shooting began. An old clothes shop in the Gemmayzeh area of Beirut District was transformed into a salon where the filming of the movie took place. Caroline Labaki, Nadine's sister, was the costume designer. The music was composed by Khaled Mouzanar. Shortly after the movie release, Labaki married him. ♡
I'll leave you with the trailer. It's English subtitled.
Oh, that scene at the end when she was epilating the policeman's face reminded me of that time when I had an argument with my husband about whether women have a higher pain threshold than men, especially around the tummy area, and of course he disagreed.. Until I epilated his tummy skin in a scene very similar to that one in Caramel. Aaaahahahaha. Needless to say he was on his knees with a white flag swearing by girl power. OoOoo0o0hohohohoh!
Photo: Nadine & Khaled this year at Cannes, presenting her new movie with Khaled composing its music again! Aren't they gorgeous?! ❤
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