May in the Summer

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Cherien Dabis
  3 nominations.
99 min


Good afternoon,

ladies and gentlemen.

We have just landed at Queen Alia

International Airport in Amman.

The outside temperature 38 degrees Celsius

which is equivalent to...

Hi, you've reached Ziad.

Leave me a message,

I'll call you back.

Hey, it's me,

I'm here, missing you already.

New York.!

Course, there was an empty seat

next to me on the plane,

so I thought about

you the entire flight.

I'm about to go meet my mom

and sisters so...

I'll let you know what happens.

Call me when you can.

I love you.




Oh, my God!

- Hi.

- Hi.

I missed you.

I missed you, too.

. Okay, okay.

Can you share?

Hi, what's going on?

Ziad didn't come...

Oh, it's all... no, it's good, actually.

He had to teach, but, um, he's gonna

be here in a few weeks.

And it's actually better this way because

we'll get more time on our honeymoon.


Where's Mom?

She's cooking for you.

You didn't tell her that

he changed his plans, did you?

No, I didn't.

Is this it'?

Can I see it?

- Can we wait till we get...

- No, I wanna see it now.

Okay, okay, okay...

Just be careful.

- Tah-dah.

- I love it.

- You like it?

- It's really nice.

Yeah, I never thought I'd

go so conventional

but, you know,

it fits the wedding...

- I can't wait to see it on you.

- It's very simple.

Okay, can we

get to the reception?

Don't tell me you're bored,

you just got here.

What were we thinking coming

a whole month before the wedding.

We haven't all been here

together in years.

I know,

I keep telling her.

Dalia thinks that just because

she loves it here, I have to, too.

- I never said that.

- That's not how it works.

And even if I did,

there's nothing wrong with it.

- It's a part of me.

- Oh, my God, congratulations.

- On what?

- You got your certification.

- I'm so proud of you.

- No, I didn't.

You know, massage wasn't for me.

Touching people's bodies

all the time

and I was absorbing all

of their bad energy, it was so...

But you were almost

done, weren't you?

- Yeah, but, it's...

- Hold that, hold that.

I could go back if I want to.

Maybe I'll move here or

someplace, you know like...

So, yeah.


- That's you?

- Yeah.

It's gotten bad.

I thought she'd try to

convert me this morning.


didn't work, though did it?

What does that mean?

Honestly, you can't

blame her, though.

I'm sorry, there weren't

this many ninjas growing up.

You shouldn't call them

ninjas, Yasmine.

- Dalia, in your face, look.

- Don't... stop pointing.

I'm sorry, if my mom dressed

like that, I would be terrified of her.

You're just... you're,

you're rude.

So what, um,

why were you laid off?

What happened exactly?

It wasn't just me.

It was whole round of people.

Some of them had been there for

20 years... it was really, really terrible.

But what about you?

Yalla, tell us things,

come on, how's it going?

- It's going well.

- Yeah?

Ziad's mom's...

been amazing.

She's planned all of it.

Does that annoy you?

No, not at all, she

consults me on all points.

That's great.

I forgot, what does Ziad

teach again?


Islamic Civilization.



I think so.


Oh, my God,

it smells so good!

Your favorite.

Hi, Mom.

Come here, May.

How are you?

I'm good, I missed you.

Me too,.

Wow, I'm so glad you're here.

Me too, you look great.

Oh, it's all good.

How was your flight?

It was... you know.

I ate, I slept.

I froze my butt off.

You look pale.

Your eyes are red.

Do you want a nap

before everybody gets here?

I will never fall asleep.

Why do I keep forgetting?

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Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis (born 1976) (Arabic: شيرين دعيبس‎) is a Palestinian-American director, producer, and screenwriter. She was named one of Variety magazine's 10 Directors to Watch in 2009. more…

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