FILM REVIEW: “Caramel”

From Willamette Week, 2/6/08 [Portland International Film Festival Coverage]:

Caramel has the spirit of a Lebanese Sex and the City, and that’s quite a feat, considering the Middle East isn’t exactly the most sexually liberated region of the world. With the kind of woman-centered energy and gusto reminiscent of a Pedro Almodóvar film, the movie deftly follows the desires and exploits of five vivacious female beauticians in recent (but pre-bombed) Beirut. Not quite as masterful or outrageous as Pedro, the extremely talented and beautiful writer, director and leading lady Nadine Labaki still manages to bring together extramarital sex, premarital sex, feminism, lesbian attraction and the schism between traditional values and modern society in an entertaining film full of metaphors and Maxi Pads. LANCE KRAMER.

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