Caramel tells the story of a group of women in a beauty shop. Among them is a mistress, a woman who has trouble accepting she's getting older, a girl who falls in love with one of their female customers, another one takes care of an eldery woman and yet another one is engaged. They are all friends and are either regular visitors of the beauty shop or work in it.
It deals with their problems as well as their joy and it's all wrapped up in a very entertaining film. What I found both surprising as well as refreshing is that there is no fuss at all about one of the characters being a lesbian. You don't come across that often, much less did I expect to find it in a Middle Eastern movie.
The leading actress is also the director and she did a great job at both of those things. She's currently working on her second movie with about 5 times the budget of this one so I'm really looking forward to see what it's like