The Barbecue

dir. Winston Washington Moxam

TIFF Cinematheque - Canadian Open Vault

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A young woman struggles heroically to rein in her temper as she deals with the not so well-disguised racism of her ex-boyfriend's family during a backyard barbecue.

One of the few Moxam films that displays affinities with the more fantastical Winnipegian works of Guy Maddin et al., The Barbecue opens with a young black woman, Gracie (Moxam regular Anne Clarke), being forced to watch a bizarre stage performance. She awakens from this nightmare to find herself in another: she's heading off to a family barbecue with her ex-boyfriend. As the sun descends, Gracie struggles heroically to rein in her temper as she deals with his family's not so well-disguised racism. A comedy with decidedly sinister overtones, The Barbecue is creepy, unsettling and uncomfortably funny.