May In The Summer (2014)
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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 fiancÚ 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
Aug 22, 2014 Limited
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Dabis covers a lot of ground as a storyteller while delivering a smart, focused performance.
Ultimately you're left with a drama so contained, it can be neatly wrapped up in single sentences of passed-on wisdom.
You believe in these people, you care about them and their struggles. And in the end, you wish them all the best.
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.
It's diverting to watch and has moments of brilliance, but even with all its refreshing female characters, "May in the Summer" doesn't leave a lasting impression.
The vibe is like that of a Lifetime movie that happens to be set in Amman rather than American suburbia. Just sub in camel sightings in place of white-tailed deer.
A film that pulls us in with a sweet and powerful story where major tent poles of religion and politics are presented in a strong but subtle way.
[May In The Summer] unfortunately lacks the emotional depth for a satisfying resolution.
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.
Refreshingly normal middle-class family in modern Amman and diversity of people give the familial dynamics added interest for a rare and lovely, if mild, view from Jordan.
A pleasant but unremarkable retelling of a story as old as the Dead Sea itself.
Dabis has concocted a fairly engaging family dramedy, which would have been a lot better if her own character weren't such a paragon.
On the whole, though, May In The Summer just never distinguishes itself in any way that isn't superficial.
Something of a vanity project, but a different, Westernized spin on your typical Life in the Middle East story
Cherien Dabis is least successful at connecting her character May's marital crisis to the rumblings of her repressed heritage.
This second feature is very watchable, but it lacks a sense of purpose (so prevalent in its predecessor), and any emotional punch or, indeed, pay-off.
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