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May (2002)

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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 is sent into a murderous tailspin.

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Lucky McKee

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Lucky McKee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bettis ... May Dove Canady
Jeremy Sisto ... Adam Stubbs
Anna Faris ... Polly
James Duval ... Blank
Nichole Hiltz ... Ambrosia
Kevin Gage ... Papa Canady
Merle Kennedy Merle Kennedy ... Mama Canady
Chandler Riley Hecht ... Young May
Rachel David Rachel David ... Petey
Nora Zehetner ... Hoop
Will Estes ... Chris, Adam's Roommate
Roxanne Day ... Buckle
Samantha Adams Samantha Adams ... Lucille
Brittney Lee Harvey Brittney Lee Harvey ... Diedre
Connor Matheus ... Kindergarten Boy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Be Careful... She Just Might Take Your Heart. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2003 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein játékai See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,070, 6 June 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,277, 10 July 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When May is walking home from talking to Polly at the Animal Hospital, she is wearing her blue dress. However, in the elevator, she has a white sweater. See more »

Quotes

[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

The closing credits include the credits for the film-within-the-film made by Adam:

"jack and jill" a film by chris sivertson

jack jesse hlubik jill jennifer lyn grant make-up effects by zach passero See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Published by Summy-Birchard Music, a Division of Summy-Birchard, Inc. (ASCAP)
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January, February, March, April and May
11 January 2012 | by asda-manSee all my reviews

"May" is a modern masterpiece of horror. It's engaging and eventually, horrifically disturbing leaving you wishing that it could've just been a little bit longer but nevertheless it's extremely creepy and unforgettable material that should not be missed by and slow burner horror fan because the payoff is definitely worth it. I almost wish that I didn't know anything about the ending, because the payoff would've been quite a shocking revelation, so I'd recommend that if you know nothing about "May" don't read any reviews or synopsis and definitely do not watch the trailer because it gives just about the whole film away!

"May" is a slow burner which may put some people off a bit, but the build up is very absorbing, as it's not the plot itself that is complex but the character, "May" who is an extremely messed up person and also a very interesting one who is able to carry the film brilliantly. May can often be confusing, sometimes she seems likable and just an incredibly shy person, but at times she can seem like a full blown psychopath who has no grasp of reality. It's very clever and interesting to see how May's character gradually changes into someone who is actually really confident (sometimes dangerously).

The first film I saw by Lucky Mckee was "The Woods" which left much to be desired. "May" is a giant leap forward and that fact that he wrote it as well makes Lucky a name to definitely look out for, because his talent in writing and directing is clearly apparent here. The directing is very focused and also quite stylish at times, especially when May turns crazy. There is also some really good use of sound with the retractable knife and the cracking of the glass which are all symbolic to May's mind-state which is what makes the writing so clever. The film can be so well analysed and dissected like "Citizen Kane" only so much more interesting.

"May" also gets quite gory towards the end and even had me flinching in my seat. It's just such an engaging and well told story about a lonely girl who just wants a friend. There are so many themes that can be explored as well as a fantastic moral which the viewer can take away with them. Like a said at the start "May" is a modern masterpiece of horror, it's directing, screenplay and sound are all near-perfect and in the end creates a memorable horror film, with a clever and haunting ending. It's really weird but I like weird.


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