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A Feature film by Jean Odoutan

Produced by 45 rdlc

Release in France : 26/01/2000


    An impoverished corn planter from Benin wants to put an end to his misery. He buys a rickety Peugeot 504 and sets himself up as a bush taxi-driver. The motor stalls. He uses it for grinding flour, becomes a mediocre miller. The mill gives up the ghost. The man is at death's door. His wife is obliged to become a prostitute in the cornfields to earn enough to take care of their two congenitally deformed children. But the man, cunning philosopher, uses an engine block to barbecue corncobs which he sells on the street. Money is at last in sight…

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    45 rdlc

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    45 rdlc

    Co-production :

    Tabou-Tabac Films

    French distribution :

    45 rdlc


    I was randomly leafing through a newspaper devoted to French-speaking countries when I stumbled on a hilarious article that sent me into howls of laughter. The story took place in northern Benin, where I come from. Some guy was cheated by his own cousin, who was acting as interpreter during a business transaction over millet and manioc. How that story reminded me of my own childhood in the streets of Cotonou and all our penny schemes in the hope of buying ridiculous Western gadgets. These ideas instantly inspired “Barbecue-Pejo.”

    Jean Odoutan, Director

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Jean Odoutan

    Director of Photography :

    Valerio Truffa

    Production Manager :

    Christian Lambert

    Editor :

    Cécile Dubois

    Production Designer :

    Jean Odoutan

    Costume designer :

    Jean Odoutan

    Screenwriter :

    Jean Odoutan

    Sound Recordist :

    Issa Traoré

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Ange Natoudo

    Continuity supervisor :

    Martine Brun

    Music Composer :

    Jean Odoutan

    Still Photographer :

    Carole Le Bihan

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Benin, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Benin, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 26 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (2)