Call Number: PN1997.S863 2008
In a Lebanese beauty shop, Caramel, a stunning stylist, Layale, is in love with a family man. Little does she realize bashful beat cop Youssef, who issues Layale a stream of traffic citations, feels the same way about her. Parlor regulars include Muslim bride-to-be Nisrine, ambiguous assistant Rima, age-obsessed actress Jamale, and lonely seamstress Rose. The inclusion of neighbors, Youssef and Rose, who spends most of her time caring for a delusional sister, confirms Caramel's true subject as the city of Beirut. Aside from their reduced circumstances--Layale lives at home and shares a room with her brother. Before the bittersweet conclusion, each woman experiences a revelation of sorts.
A Beirut beauty salon becomes a treasured meeting place for several generations of women who meet there daily. The women come from various walks of life, to talk, seek advice and confide in one another. Each has their own quirks and problems that they must deal with.