May In The Summer

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To all appearances, May Brennan (Cherien Dabis) has it all -- intelligent, gorgeous, the recipient of raves for her recently published book and set to marry her loving fiancé Ziad (Alexander Siddig), a distinguished New York scholar. But immediately upon returning to her familial hometown of Amman, Jordan for the wedding, the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show. May's headstrong, born-again Christian mother Nadine (Hiam Abbass) disapproves of Ziad's Muslim faith and is firm in her decision to not attend the ceremony. Her sisters Dalia (Alia Shawkat) and Yasmine (Nadine Malouf) revert to behaving like rebellious teenagers as their estranged father Edward (Bill Pullman) awkwardly attempts to make amends. Confronted with the wounds of her parent's long-broken relationship, coupled with the unavoidable clash of old-world and modern values, May is lead to question the direction her life is taking. Her once carefully structured world appears to unravel as she grapples with her own truths in this fresh, exotic look at a woman caught in the crossroads between tradition and choice. (C) Cohen Media Group


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  • Dabis's character comes off as a self-serving fantasy.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Dabis covers a lot of ground as a storyteller while delivering a smart, focused performance.

    Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • Ultimately you're left with a drama so contained, it can be neatly wrapped up in single sentences of passed-on wisdom.

    Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Notable chiefly for its knowing, comfortable depictions of female relationships, sibling relationships, familial relationships. Also its determination to rise above some of its more sitcommy plot points.

    Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • You believe in these people, you care about them and their struggles. And in the end, you wish them all the best.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • There's goodwill to go around in Dabis' modestly engaging yarn, from its appealing performances to the times it zeroes in on the ways culture, tradition and individuality cause headaches and heartaches as much as comfort.

    Aug 28, 2014 | Full Review…

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