May is a terrifying tale about a young woman's desire for friendship, which ultimately turns to obsession. As the subject of constant ridicule from her peers and parents as a young girl, May is forced into a life of unwanted seclusion. Publicly outcast, she believes that her only true friend is the homemade doll given to her by her mother. Now that she's an adult, her deeply rooted scars manifest in vengeful behaviour. May finds herself envying specific body parts of the people she pursues for affection. After numerous failed attempts at companionship, she comes to the conclusion: If you can't find a friend, make one.
A brilliant mix of horror and drama
- May review by Shatner's Bassoon
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May is an intensely shy girl who is also a little unbalanced. In the opening few minutes of the film we get her life story; a lazy eye caused her to be self-conscious and alienated from other children , her mother was obsessed with perfection, and her only friend is Susie, a creepy looking doll that stands in a glass case. The film then follows the now adult May's attempts at building relationships with others and the problems that arise when she finally does, with gruesome results! Angela Bettis portrays May with just the right amount of offbeat charm and strangeness, and writer director Lucky McKee brings some highly original touches to the film; the use of the sound of cracking glass that mirrors May's crumbling psychological state is especially effective, and overall the acting is superb for a film of this genre. If you're a fan of Tim Burton then 'May' is something that will be right up your street. Dark, quirky, horrific and in some places quite funny, this is a clever little indie film is something that will not be easily forgotten.