• 2007
  • France / Lebanon
  • 1h 35min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nadine Labaki
  • Written by: Nadine Labaki, Rodney El Haddad; Jihad Hojeily
  • Cast: Nadine Labaki, Adel Karam, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Dimitri Staneofski, Sihame Haddad, Aziza Semaan, Fadia Stella, Fatmeh Safa
  • Language: Arabic

Charming, bitter-sweet debut feature from writer-director Labaki that centres upon the 'Si Belle' beauty parlour in the Lebanese capital and the dramas of the female clientele. The film is impressively acted by a mostly non-professional cast. While there are no references to the on-going strife in Lebanon, this is still a political film, and a tender tribute to female solidarity.

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8 May 20084 stars

DRAMA (PG) 95min Dedicated ‘to my Beirut’, the charming, bitter-sweet debut feature of writer-director Nadine Labaki centres upon the ‘Si Belle’ beauty parlour in the Lebanese capital. The 30-year-old proprietor Layale (Labaki herself) is guiltily…

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