Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Caramel: a wedding and some pigeon droppings

Title: Sukkar banat (Caramel)
Year:  2007
Director:  Nadine Labaki
Running time: 96 min.
Country:  Lebanon



A wedding is time for celebration and joy, and nothing can spoil it. Not even a pigeon performing a carpet bombing of the guests. This film presents the life of five women in modern Beirut. I really enjoyed how it combines comedy and drama. I also was delighted when I found a pigeon appearance which I'll describe here:

At a certain point of the film, there is a wedding and the bride throws the bouquet from a balcony. Several of the guests are women that are grouped with great expectation for being the one who catches it.


But instead of that, a woman receives a dropping directly on her face. This is a very unpleasant situation. Try to imagine how such dropping can spoil a dress that was carefully chosen for the celebration or cause a serious makeup disorder.


Very nasty.....



What we see is a pigeon flying away in the distance. It is the culprit of this wedding madness.


Immediately, the panic spreads among the guests and everybody looks upwards looking for the source of the dropping.



After that they realise that the danger was over and now, all of them are safe from further droppings. The joy comes back again, the woman cleans her face and the celebration resumes with full intensity. The complete scene can be seen here.





Details of the pigeon starring 

  • Source: Sukkar banat (Caramel). Starring moment: 1:25:06
  • Pigeon activity: It is a pigeon which performs an on-the-fly deposition over the wedding guests.
  • Symbolism: Low. In this case, this situation that is used to show us how an awful situation can be overcome by a positive attitude.
  • Relevance: Low. Despite the pigeon intervention at a critical point of the wedding, the women managed that with good humour and the joyful situation was soon restored.
  • Training level: It is difficult to analyze the pigeon's training level because of the short appearance. It is probably a wild animal. 

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