DVD of the Week – Caramel (2007)
by HELEN GEIB
My pick this week is another film I haven’t seen yet but would like to, Lebanon’s Caramel. It’s the kind of small foreign film that’s hard to see except on DVD, even when you live in one of the few cities where it plays theatrically. It got good critical notices, but mostly I’m interested in it because it’s a window to a seldom seen world. It’s a women’s beauty salon movie (are there enough of these films now to call that a genre?) set in Beirut and telling the stories of a disparate group of Christian and Muslim women. The plot descriptions suggest the women were written to be a cultural cross-section of the city, and the reviews that the characterization and performances make them more than just types.
Other new releases this week: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, Fool’s Gold, Rails & Ties, Under the Same Moon, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins