Caramel (Nadine Labaki – 2007) A-

Beirut straddles many divides, east/west, modernity/tradition, Christianity/Islam, old/new and this lovely film centering on a group of women working in a beauty parlor gets them all. Labaki , who also plays one of the main characters, is very deft in her camera work. It’s odd to compare some of what she does to Bergman or maybe even Almodovar, but I could not help noticing how closely she focuses on the faces of her actors in many close-ups. She lingers and let’s us see the emotions going on there from love to passion to sadness and discomfort. It’s a movie about love in many forms it’s also very funny at times with some pretty good performances.

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