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Barbecue-Pejo

Jean Odoutan wrote, directed, and stars in this 1999 comedy from Benin about a down-on-their-luck couple—a cocky, temperamental, daydreaming husband and his headstrong yet resilient wife—coping with adversity while bickering with fellow villagers. He manages to get plenty of laughs out of the couple's volatile relationship, and his depiction of the daily lives of Africa's rural poor is refreshingly irreverent, helped along by the vibrant music and cinematography. The film falters only when it teeters into melodrama and caricature. 88 min.

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