MAY IN THE SUMMER

MAY IN THE SUMMER 1

THE PLOT THUS FAR

High off the success of her first book and planning to marry Ziad, her sensible, stable and studious fiance, May Brennan has it all. At least that’s what she’d like people to believe. Reunited with her family in Amman, she’s thrust back into the chaos of her former existence. Her headstrong mother Nadine, a born-again Christian disapproves of her Muslim fiance so thoroughly she plans to boycott the wedding. Her younger sisters Dalia and Yasmine behave like her children. And her estranged father is suddenly and suspiciously interested in making amends. As her wedding day looms, May finds herself more and more confronted by the trauma of her parents divorce. And soon, her once carefully structured life spins hopelessly out of control.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“May in the Summer” is a film about a young woman returning to Jordan to get married. Her American father is estranged from her mother, but she wants to find a way to bring everyone back together. Her sisters are old brats, while her mom uses her new-found Christian faith to besmirch her daughter’s fiancee. Issues of Muslim self-loathing and Born Again Christian bias are tackled head on, but it doesn’t add to much. As it’s just another tale of a young woman trying to keep her wedding from collapsing.

The films plays like a slightly more melodramatic take on “Rachel Getting Married”. You get the feeling of exhaustion and interpersonal family conflict swirling around. It’s just that Dabis keeps throwing more and more into the whirlpool without addressing the primary issues. There’s a great movie here, but it’s buried under so much useless gunk.

The Blu-Ray comes with a trailer, featurette and production stills as the special features. The A/V Quality continues Cohen’s streak. The 1080p transfer makes the film look amazing. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 track keeps everything loud and in charge. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 01/20/2015

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