CHICAGO – The legacy of public housing is one of the strangest forces of karma in the City of Chicago. For example, sites that were once some of the roughest and most neglected housing for the poor now contain luxury condos. It is the people of those former hellholes that still remember the sorrowful history of what they once called home. The American Theater Company (ATC) have gathered these stories for the poignant and extraordinary “The Projects.”
Lebanese Film ‘Caramel’ Coats Women’s Relationships With Truth
CHICAGO – In the social palette that makes up relationships for adult women, the main brushstrokes involve trust, unity and a passion for friendships. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if they can meet in their favorite beauty parlor. The film “Caramel” follows the lives of five women in Beirut, Lebanon as they experience aging, commitment, lifestyle choices and bikini waxing.
The title “Caramel” refers to the salon technique for removing hair using the sticky confectionary. In a sort of Lebanese “Steel Magnolias” (but without the schmaltz), writer and director Nadine Labaki explores the generational gamut regarding women’s concerns in the Middle Eastern city.
Labaki herself portrays Layale: a salon caramel expert and the “other woman” in a relationship that’s sapping her resolve. Rima (Joanna Moukarzel) – the manager of the salon – is exploring her own alternate lifestyle choices.
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