Synopsis: Six women in Beirut seek love, marriage, and companionship and find duty, friendship, and possibility. Four work at a salon: Nisrine, engaged to Bassam, with a secret she shares with her co-workers; Jamale, a divorced mother of teens, a part-time model, fearing the encroachment of time; Rima, always in pants, attracted to Siham, a client who smiles back; Layale, in love with a married man, willing to drop everything at a honk of his horn. There's also Rose, a middle-aged seamstress, who cares for Lili, old and facing dementia. Rose has a suitor; Layale has an admirer on the police force. Is delight a possibility? Is caramel a sweet or an instrument of pain?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Nadine Labaki
Production: Roadside Attractions
  5 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

We're done!

I hope I'll make you up

for your wedding.

You first!

Layale, listen darling.

I have an audition

for a major ad and I'm late.

Please let me in before the redhead.

Hello, Soussou.

- How are you?

- Fine.

What will it be today?

Lots of volume, like a fluffy cat.

For Sunday.

What's on Sunday?

We might bury my sister-in-law.

She's dying, she won't last long.

But everything is ready.

I bought two pretty trays...

...for serving coffee and cigarettes.

Handmade, at a very good price.

And what a dress I got her!

With lace, especially around the collar.

Then I took it to the tailor... take it in.

Layale, it's for you.



Okay, my love.

Soussou, I have to run.

Nisrine will look after you. Okay?

This is outrageous!

Nisrine, look after the shop.

I won't be long.


- Lili. Lili, what are you doing?

- Working.


What are you doing?

- I'm looking for a piece of paper.

- What paper?

My piece of paper.

Okay, out of the way.

I'll give you another one.


Take this one, it's better.

Take it.

- I don't want it.

- It's much nicer.

Look how nice these are.

There's plenty.

Forget the other one.

- Where are you going?

- I'm going to Hell, where else?

Go now.

Hello, Miss.


You'd look prettier with the seatbelt on.

I can't, it suffocates me.

Truth be told, you're absolutely right.

But public safety requires it.

And if I don't put it on?

I'll have to...

...fine you.

As if I'm not fined enough?

Better now?



- Can I go now?

- Drive safely.

Thank you.

- What's up?

- Oh, my God!

Do you want a snack?

Your shirt is pretty.

Did she give it to you?

I won't leave until you fix my hair.

- What is this?

- Volume.

You call this volume?

Do you like it?

Would you go out looking like this?

- What's up?

- Shut them up...

...before I lose my temper

and hurt someone.

We need to close.

What's this pin for?

- It's chic.

- You consider this chic?

What's wrong?

Aren't you late for the audition?

My hair doesn't resemble

the haircut in the magazine.

Look closely at the picture.

Can't you see that the model

is your daughter's age?

Shut up and go inside.

That's enough.

What's wrong?

It's looks great.

You think this is great, Layale?

My hair has no volume.

See how she glued these?

I look old and cockeyed.

Like a femme fatale.

Shut your trap!

What does she want?

To get rid of me?

No, to be your loyal slave.

Will you shut up?

It's too hot in here.

Don't be cheap, turn on the AC.

The electrical fuse might blow up.

- Shut up.

- Switch off the fridge.

Forget this tape, it's useless.

Yeah, you're right.

Why do you insist on using it?

I'll tie your hair in a way...

...that will lift your eyes up

without the tape.

You'll look younger.

Then, we take off this pin.

- Look how gorgeous.

- You think so?

You're dazzling.

Like an orchid.

Rima, Johnny Bravo's here.

Thank God we're closed.

Hi, girls.

Hello. Good evening.

How are you, Bassam?

If they like your hair,

tell them I did it.

Good luck with the audition.

Rima, take care of the shop.

- Yeah, okay.

- Bye.

Hello, Auntie Rose.

How are you?

- Fine, and you?

- All is well.

How are you, Lili?

I've got some aprons that need fixing.

Put them on the table.

Stay for coffee.

We'll have a chat.

Some other time.

I have a bus to catch.

Bye, Lili.

Lili, she's saying goodbye.

Bye, bye, bye.

Okay, I'm off.

Goodnight. Thank you.

Lili, why are you acting this way?

She was talking to you.

You want to scare the customers away?

What are you doing?

Do I look better now?

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Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki (Arabic: نادين لبكي‎; born February 18, 1974) is a Lebanese actress and director. more…

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