May in the Summer

A bride-to-be is forced to reevaluate her life when she reunites with her family in Jordan and finds herself confronted with the aftermath of her parents’ divorce.


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  • ★★★½ review by Erik Swallow on Letterboxd

    Returning home to Jordan, May is fresh off a successful book tour and is planning her interfaith wedding. Or rather, that's what she's letting everyone believe, including herself. She slips back into the familiar family squabbles with her sisters and her divorced parents, but eventually she's just going to have to face the truth. Cherien Dabis wrote, directed, and stars in this delightful and funny drama that also features Hiam Abbass, Bill Pullman, and Alexander Siddig. I was completely charmed by this film and especially appreciated how she nonchalantly included a queer character.

  • ★★★½ review by Tyler Foster on Letterboxd

    A charming and frequently sweet portrait of a woman trying to get along with her sisters and her mother while back home in Jordan for a month leading up to her wedding. What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in charm, stemming from a great cast that bounces off one another naturally. Hard to believe this is Dabis' first acting role.

  • ★★★½ review by Jeremy on Letterboxd

    I'm surprised by the Letterboxd consensus on this film. It didn't do anything particularly daring, and the plot-related surprises I could see coming, but the characters were depicted well, I enjoyed their contrasts, and the scenes around Jordan were quite beautiful (particularly the desert sequence).

  • ★★★★½ review by karlhorberg on Letterboxd

    Whoa. I may have a new favorite director.

  • ★★★½ review by scifiaddict on Letterboxd

    Great film & story by Cherien Dabis, not to mention her debut acting. Check out the "making of" article posted on the IMDb message board.

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