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May (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  11 April 2003 (Denmark)
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A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood, and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Merle Kennedy ...
Chris, Adam's Roommate
Samantha Adams ...
Brittney Lee Harvey ...


When May was a child, she was a lonely girl with a lazy eye and without any friends except a weird and ugly doll kept in a glass case given by her bizarre mother on her birthday. May becomes a lonely, weird young woman, working in an animal hospital and assisting the veterinarian in surgeries and sewing operated animals most of the time. Her lesbian colleague Polly has a sort of attraction for her. When the shy May meets the mechanic Adam Stubbs, she loves his hands and has a crush on him. They date, but the weirdness and bizarre behavior of May pushes Adam away from her. Alone, May has a brief affair with Polly, but she feels rejected again when her colleague meets Ambrosia. When her doll is accidentally broken, the deranged May decides to build a friend for her, using the best parts her acquaintances can offer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Plot Keywords:

friend | doll | case | love | birthday | See All (160) »


If you can't find a friend... make one. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 April 2003 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein játékai  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,070 (USA) (6 June 2003)


$145,540 (USA) (4 July 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally the film opened with a lengthy introduction to May as a child. But when the film appeared to be taking too long to get to its point, most of those scenes were cut. The opening with the adult May, specifically the first scene with her and her doll, were shot quickly and only to make the point that May was lonely as quickly as possible. See more »


Camera man reflected in May's glasses for half a second when she looks up at the boy on the bench after he says "trying to be friendly, sorry". See more »


[first lines]
Young May: What's wrong with my eye, mama?
Mama: Doctor says it's lazy eye. But, we're going to make you look perfect.
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Crazy Credits

All words and names in the end credits are in lower case letters, with the exception of the company, MPRM Public Relations, written as mPRm. See more »


Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »


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Excellent horror film
8 July 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

May is simply one of the greatest horror films from last years.One of the greatest things from this movie is that it isn't a traditional horror movie and the director took his time to introduce us May.The ending is creepy and disturbing.Angela Bettis is really,an excellent young actress.Her performance on this movie is SPECTACULAR.I think this film isn't for sensitive persons:some images from this movie are way creepy and disturbing.But if you are a fan of horror films,I totally recommend this movie because you will love it.And I die to see The woods,the new movie from Lucky Mc Kee(the director of this movie).


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