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

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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

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11 April 2003 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$145,540 (USA) (4 July 2003)
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Lucky McKee:  The man with his girlfriend in the elevator, both times. See more »

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When young May blows out the candles on her birthday cake one candle is left lit and in the next shot all candles are out. See more »

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[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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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 »

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References Repulsion (1965) See more »

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Hot Little Hands
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Pretty good
9 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Obvious symbolism and blatant catering to a disgruntled teenage audience shouldn't make for a good film, but this one wasn't bad.

It's slow plot wise, but the horrific opening image, and the constant inter cutting of the doll, made the film feel like one of those silences before the storm people always go on about. When the storm finally is unleashed, the film didn't disappoint or pulled the arty card ("we're aren't gonna show you anything"), the matter of fact style gore, and the long build up made these scenes very successful; grotesque, funny and scary.

The lone-freaky-outsider-out-for-revenge that is used in other horror/thriller films as well (Willard), actually have more in common with the revenge-fantasy picture then classical horror if you ask me, even if the whole traumatic-repressed-emotions-and-sexuality & the cold-and-uncaring-mother angle is very Psycho... doesn't really have anything to do with anything though, just something that came to mind. Anyway... the performances are okay, sometimes a bit rough around the edges, but it works, the use of indie rock wasn't always successful, but the score itself was good, and the lead character and the plot devices to get her on her journey was interesting enough to carry a feature.

Flawed, but pretty good.


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