An awkwardly humorous film about a lonely female security guard working at a deteriorating strip mall. Isolated and friendless, a glimmer of hope appears when a make-up salesman shows her kindness, leading to an unexpected sexual encounter. Although our protagonist and her paramour are well meaning in their intentions, their behavior ends up causing both of their lives to unravel.
“An uncommonly empathetic approach to cinematic storytelling…yearning and emotionally naked performances…signals Wong as a major talent to watch”.
– Katie Walsh, LA Times
“A millennial’s take on Rashomon, with humour, soul-searching and social media commentary included in the fractured glances. It’s so well put together, it’s hard to believe this is Wong’s first feature”.
– Peter Howell, Toronto Star
“The modern world often seems to be set at the intersection of isolation and connection, and Wexford Plaza is the strip mall at that junction. Bringing characters front and center that are normally relegated to background players is the secret to this thoughtful coming of age tale, where meaningless jobs, loneliness and suburban ennui are the common denominators. Writer/director Joyce Wong lets us see the full hearts and messy realities of these underdogs, beautifully setting up a world as inescapable and awkward as the polyester uniforms their minimum wage jobs require them to wear.”
– Drea Clark, Slamdance Programmer
Nominated 2018 John Dunning Discovery Award, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Nominated 2017 Best Canadian Film Award, Toronto Film Critics Association
Winner 2017 Comcast Best Narrative Film Award, Center for Asian America Media’s Film Festival
Winner 2017 Best Narrative Film Award, at San Diego Asian Film Festival
Winner 2017 Best Narrative Film Award, at the Austin Asian Film Festival
Winner 2017 Best Actress Award, at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific
Winner 2017 Best Screenplay Award, at the Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival
2017 Slamdance Film Festival
34th Torino Film Festival
2017 Atlanta Film Festival
2017 New Orleans Film Festival
2017 Newport Beach Film Festival
2017 St. John’s Int’l Women’s Film Festival
2017 Bentonville Film Festival
2017 Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival
2017 Center for Asian America Media’s Film Festival (CAAMfest)
2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
2017 San Diego Asian Film Festival
2017 Vancouver Asian Film Festival
2017 Austin Asian Film Festival
22nd Foundation for Asian American Media Showcase
Funded with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.