Jamale, who is a regular customer to the beauty salon and is striving towards an acting career, is preoccupied by getting old. Rose has a shop next to the salon and has dedicated her life, looking after her mentally ill sister. She recently found her first love and is torn apart which way to take.
The film combines few genres. Throughout the film, there is this gentle comic element, which tried to lift the spirit of the women, the plot is also a bit melodramatic and there is an underlying, persistence romance. So the three genres where the film can fit are: romantic, dramatic and comic. The film tackles and addresses lots of themes – lost and found love, loneliness, public humiliation in a society surrounded by strict family values, heartbreak. An example can be given for the latter, where Layale, who lives with her parents, is a professionally independent woman, but she is having an affair with a married man. She spends endless hours, waiting anxiously for him to call, being completely oblivious to a gorgeous policeman, who is smitten by her.
Each woman in the film represents a current issue in contemporary Lebanon – unfulfilled romance, aging, sexuality and marital values. The character that appeals to me the most is Jamale, because she is an actress, trying to audition for roles in commercials, sensing that she is getting old and the best days of her career might be over.
Yes, the film deals with poignant contemporary issues alongside that of Lebanese identity. Caramel addresses sensitive social and identity issues, like homosexuality, extramarital relationships and fear of getting old. Can different women fit in modern Lebanon? It seems from the film that the typical feminine women does not suffer to a greater extend from the hypocritical, oriental system in Lebanon. It this may not be necessarily true. Lebanese women may be depicted free and emancipated, but behind the façade, we are all ruled by societal norms, subject to