May in the Summer
Directed by Cherien Dabis
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 themonkeyhouse on Letterboxd
Película claramente autobiográfica que comienza siguiendo todas la convenciones de la comedia romántica americana con el aliciente de un trasfondo y unas relaciones entre los personajes mucho más interesantes y desarrolladas. Destacando la dinámica y química que existe entre las tres hermanas.
Lo bueno viene cuando se produce un punto de inflexión en el Mar Muerto en el que subvierte las convenciones mencionadas anteriormente y toma un matiz más existencialista y crítico con los personajes.
Una película ligera y fácil de ver pero con un cierto margen de profundidad al que agarrarse.
★★★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.
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