“ The director and actress Nadine Labaki manages to render the female daily melancholy, without ever falling into the banal or the cliché, but through a powerful and intense synaesthetic strategy: through eyes, smells, sounds, in such a poignant way, as to make us able to touch, to smell, to taste what is being performed, as if we were absorbed in that same intense atmosphere.
“ It helps that she is stunning as well.
“ Humorous and engaging .
“There is attention to the small details in this movie which make watching it very enjoyable.
“ Good Performances / Enjoyable Film .
“Like the title suggests, this is a very charming and sweet film that avoids melodrama or "big" emotional moments in favour of a lighter tone that makes it much more accessible and enjoyable.
“ Though the ones selected appear a bit repetitive (seems to be a war theme; there is no good reason "Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days" was not selected except for that), this is not really "best film of the year" quality.
“ engaging .
“ It is understandable that it got it though because the film is accessible, engaging and quite charming and generally when this occurs in a foreign film it gets it exposure and, with exposure, hyperbole.
“That is the reason why I liked this film, I think: it was slow, sweet, well acted and depicting events that I could relate to, even if I am as far from Lebanese culture as anyone can be.
“ Slow and sweet...
“ Accessible, light, charming and enjoyable .
“ We are presented with something very domestic yet at the same time extremely philosophical; this is an amazing feat - and so unexpected.
“ Waxing with caramel is a kind of purely female bonding ritual in Lebanese families, Labaki explains in a fascinating and lengthy interview which is an extra to the DVD, and which everybody ought to watch.
“ Aziza Semaan, as her much older sister Lili, who has dementia, is both hilarious and tragic at the same time, and one of the wildest and most breathtaking performances filmed in years.
“ This is enough trivia to make it worth watching, and a landmark for a country which, not being as immersed in fundamentalism as other Islamic countries is still quite overshadowed by them.
“ Dedicating her humorous, quietly engaging film "to my Beirut", Ms. Labaki has woven a tapestry of the fading beauty of the ancient city, old traditions being confronted by the new, and the discovery of the bonds between people that make relationships worth celebrating.
“ The characters are very real and the Layale(actor/director)is just FANTASTIC and stunning.
“ This is quite a comedic drama, and was indeed very enjoyable to watch.
“ Brilliant, delicate, intense feminine fresco .
“ Half way through I could gladly have walked out.
“ Each more exciting than the other, making us see the true face of a world not so far away.
“ We are the products of our genes, our environment, our lives are determined by them, we think we have choices, but we're wrong, the choices we make are just so minor and insignificant and will never change the way we are molded, ugly people will always be ugly, the stupid will never be smart, the boring will never be interesting or fun to be around, the weak and sick will never be healthy and fit......
“ Equally stunning is Elmasri and she gives a bit more Iin the way of comedy in her role.
“ Like what they Said: Impressing and fascinating Movie .
“ Nadine Labaki and the writers deserve major kudos for their positive portrayal of a lesbian in Beirut who is neither miserable nor suicidal, but otherwise its 1970s-style feminism, clichéd characters, and predictable tropes become wearing.
“ My wife's father is Lebanese, and my wife has three older sisters, so the film resonated with both of us and we enjoyed it very much.
“ The performances are stunning!
“It's like an hour since I saw the movie and if you I had to say three things about the movie I'd say "Habibi" (the Arabic word for "love", I think), "Lili" and "Oh my, Nadine's eyes are so stunning".
“ Rather this lovely film was an intense examination of the interconnecting lives of the women who visited the parlour.
“ If it would have been an American movie, I would have said it was slightly boring, just because I would take some things for granted.
“ So, OK it doesn't deserve the tags it got but this is not to say that it is a bad film because it is actually a very enjoyable little piece that is as charming as it is slight.
“ A thoroughly charming and engaging slice of life from Lebanon.
“ Rose is older again and finds confusion when she experiences reciprocated feelings of love from one of her customers.
“A heart-warming enjoyable film that offers a real portrait of life in modern Beirut and Lebanese women told in an universal simple and touching language, with some soapy moments.