Here is a nice quote from the film (John Keating, played by Robin Wiliams): “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
The Lebanese film Caramel reminds us of the joys and concerns of being a woman. The story tells of four (or five? or six? or… they keep adding up) women who work and above all live in a Beyrouth beauty salon. One is hoping to become an actress and wears way too much jewellery; one is falling in love with one of her female customers; one is getting married and one is trying to get her lover to leave his wife… unsuccessfully. The reason why the film is called after the sticky candy that is sure to give you tooth cavities is because the beauty salon uses homemade caramel to wax off hair. The opening scene shows various lips sucking on the caramel, showing pleasure, sweetness and beauty, but we later realise that this candy also hurts the hell out of you when your legs are being waxed. The guilty pleasures the ladies are involved in show that even though your friends and family are there for you, the pain you feel can be shared by no one but yourself. The female characters of all ages and the main actress’s make up inspired me to try out my different eye shadows last night and made me wonder: what is it that, underneath it all, makes us women?
I hope to answer this question one day.