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 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
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As a director, Ms. Dabis ("Amreeka") deftly avoids sentimentality. The film falls somewhere between slight and satisfying in its ultimate irresolution.
As much as May in the Summer is a comedy-May and her mischievous sisters may remind you of The Three Stooges-it is also an intimate and demystifying look at life in Amman, where the movie was actually filmed.
These characters illuminate the broader truths in Dabis's screenplay, as does its smart treatment of the region's proximity to armed conflict.
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.
What we end up with is a Miramax film from the early-to-mid 1990s. Something a tiny bit edgy to watch on VHS back in the day, but something you don't need to feel too guilty about skipping today.
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