Ilo Ilo

 

Year: 2013
Country: SINGAPORE
Run Time: 99 minutes

There are 1,400 miles between ILO ILO in the Philippines and Singapore, where Teresa comes to serve as a maid to Teck and Hwee Leng Lim, a Mandarin-speaking family. It’s 1997 and Asia is in a deep economic crisis. Families are under strain everywhere, and Teresa has a young son back home in the Philippines. The Lims are decent enough people, though there’s a baby due soon, and their ten-year-old is a challenging handful. Teck is an unsuccessful tempered glass salesman who wants to get into bubble tea. Hwee Leng has to type the letters of termination for her colleagues at a shipping company. As Teresa moves into their tight living quarters, they all have a lot of adjusting to do. A beautifully-acted and touching family drama, ILO ILO remains fresh and full of surprises. (In Mandarin, Tagalog, and Hokkien with subtitles) —B.B.

Director
Anthony Chen

Producers
Ang Hwee Sim, Anthony Chen, Wahyuni A. Hadi

Screenwriting
Anthony Chen

Cinematography
Benoit Soler

Editing
Hoping Chen, Joanne Cheong

Principal Cast
Yeo Yann Yann, Chen Tianwen, Angeli Bayani, Koh Jia Ler

Director Bio
Born in 1984 in Singapore, Anthony Chen completed his M.A. in Film Directing at the National Film and Television School, UK. ILO ILO won the Camera D'or in Cannes.

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ILO ILO (2013)

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