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May in the Summer (2013)

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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. ... See full summary »

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Cherien Dabis

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Cherien Dabis (story), Cherien Dabis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cherien Dabis ... May
Alaadin Khasawneh Alaadin Khasawneh ... Immigration officer
Alia Shawkat ... Dalia
Nadine Malouf ... Yasmine
Hiam Abbass ... Nadine
Tarek Shafakoj Tarek Shafakoj ... Issam
Ali Elyan Ali Elyan ... Uncle Walid
Mary Nuqul Mary Nuqul ... Aunt Hanan
Sima Salti Sima Salti ... Aunt Ima
Ritu Singh Pande ... Anu
Bill Pullman ... Edward
Olga Nicholas Michenina Olga Nicholas Michenina ... Seamstress
Nasri Sayegh Nasri Sayegh ... Tamer
Elie Mitri Elie Mitri ... Karim
Haifa Agha Haifa Agha ... Oum Ziad
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Storyline

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 EDWARD 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. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Jordan | Qatar | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2013 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

El verano de May See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,157, 1 September 2014

Gross USA:

$22,004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$225,254
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Nadine: Since you were a baby... every time you cried, I cried. Especially you, because you never cried.
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The last scene of May looking out over Amman continues behind the first part of the credits. See more »

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In The Church
Written and performed by Carlo Siliotto
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May in the Summer: a Charming Story in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
27 January 2015 | by niutta-enricoSee all my reviews

Cinema has changed. And watching movies these days is getting more and more like reading books in the old days. Just better, on my opinion, because images can be much stronger than words. They could have no equal: they can strike us the strongest, give us the greatest deal of immediate informations or go the deepest and last the longest into our brain.

I loved this movie for a lot of reasons. But one of them, apparently, is that it shows Amman and Jordan. I know how this could sound stupid and I know that if someone wants to see images from these places he could just check on the Internet.

But when May arrives to her mother's place and stops to give a look to the city I thought 'So, this is Amman!' and I felt strangely interested: a place we all have heard of, so far, so alien… seeing people living there, having fun, dancing, driving, going shopping and falling in love put all the elements of this movie under a peculiar light.

Anyway, besides that, it's a really good story, very feminine, very human and sincere. Cherien Dabis is an amazing writer, director and performer, all the cast did great and the film is beautiful. Would it have taken place, let's say in Ohio, however, I don't think it would have just been the same for me.


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