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Paat (2013) by Amir Todeh Roosta #WFF2013

Contemporary Iran viewed through the eyes of a stray German Shepherd. It turns out the main protagonists of everyday life are women who in reaction to men’s doings need to face their lives and tweak their existence to make ends meet.
The whole film consists of several episodes only connected by the dog witnessing the daily struggles of women.
Writer-director used the dog as an excuse to show various situations which otherwise would be difficult to connect.
The film offers an insight into what usually could be told in several shorts only here it is presented as one unique plot.

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Caramel by Nadine Labaki

Given her newest film bagged an award in Toronto ( People’s Choice Award for Where Do We Go Now?), I rushed to catch up with Labaki’s previous big project which surprised many audiences around the world.

Caramel is directed, written and stars Nadine Labaki herself. It presents Beirut from the perspective of women. Everything evolves around a beauty salon which is traditionally a centre where they all meet, talk and where a few of them work. The atmosphere is bitter sweet as caramel may get depending on how well burnt it is. Even the colour palette is yellow-brownish the way caramel is.

The women are both young and old and they all have their problems, which mysteriously seem to be evolving around men. And yet, when all fails, they always stick together against all problems brought from the outside world. Beautiful, carefully directed cinema. A must.

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