The Real to Reel Women Film series is proud to present “Caramel,” a marvelous film by Lebanese filmmaker, Nadine Labaki. “Caramel” will be shown this coming Wednesday, August 27th, at the Putney Public Library starting at 7:00 p.m.
Centered around the Si Belle beauty salon in Beirut, “Caramel” follows the lives of five women as they navigate love, friendship, life, and the changing social landscape of Lebanon. This critically acclaimed 2007 film was Ms. Labaki’s directorial debut, yet there’s not a moment of amateurism or inexperience as she gives us a loving look at four generations of Lebanese women.
Film Journal International’s Maria Garcia called Caramel “an excellent, unostentatious film.…a feminine embrace and a Magnificat to all matriarchs,” and wrote that “Labaki’s directorial style continually underplays the passion she’s packed into the screenplay, so that Caramel never feels formulaic.” New York Times critic A.O. Scott wrote that Caramel “has an optimism born not of dreamy romanticism but of resilience and a degree of hard-headedness.…But in the best melodramatic tradition, their toughness, good humor and loyalty see them through. Those qualities, and Ms. Labaki’s evident affection for the battered panache of her native city, make Caramel hard to resist.”
“Caramel” has won multiple awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize (International Film Critics Award) at the Stockholm Film Festival, the Best Feature award at the Oslo Films from the South Festival, and the Sebastiane Award at the San Sebatián International Film Festival. This wonderful movie stars Ms. Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, and Yasmine Al Masri, and is rated PG. As always, the film begins at 7 pm and is free. Please note that no food is allowed at the library.
Hope to see you at the movie!