Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ilo Ilo (2013)


I saw a film from Singapore a country known for trade and finance but definitely not its film industry. So for all intents and purposes this is my first exposure to a Singaporean film.

Ilo Ilo did an excellent job of portraying the life of a middle-class Singaporean family. Set during the 1997 financial crisis, it revolves around one family's everyday struggles and their uneasy relationship with their newly hired maid. With both parents busy working, naughty 10- year-old Jia Ler is left to the maid's care. His antics get her into trouble, but they gradually form a close bond. Pregnant with a second child, the mother struggles to cope with the demands of work and family. The father is retrenched and despite all his efforts, is unable to find a job with comparable pay, forcing the family to cut back significantly.

Although there was no proper storyline, the movie was engaging throughout and zoomed in on the struggles that each character faced. Everything was so real. The problems people face haven't changed, even though this was some 15 years ago. Singapore is known globally as a prosperous and affluent city, but few foreigners (even those living in our midst) know what life is like for the average Singaporean family. This movie is the perfect introduction.

Acting was good by all. The story was well told. It is a film with no 'villains' as such, but a good drama around a middle-class family in Singapore. 'Ilo Ilo' reaffirms my faith in low-budget, low-visibility, independent films that can be high in quality.

Ilo Ilo (2013)


§  Movie:Ilo Ilo
§  Chinese: Ba Ma Bu Zai Jia
§  Director: Anthony Chen
§  Cast: Chen Tianwen, Yeo Yann Yann, Angeli Bayani, Koh Jia Ler 
§  World Premiere: May 19, 2013 (Cannes Film Festival - Director's Fortnight)
§  Release Date: August 29, 2013
§  Runtime: 99 min.
§  Genre: Drama / Family / Arthouse / Award Winning
§  Language: Mandarin, Tagalog, English
§  Country: Singapore
§  IMDb Ratings: 7.3/10
§  BudgetS$700,000
§  Box Office(S$1.2 million)


Set in Singapore, ILO ILO chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who has come like many other Filipino women in search of a better life.

The entire family needs to adapt to the presence of this stranger, which further threatens their already strained relationship. Still, Teresa and Jiale, the young and troublesome boy she cares for, soon form a bond. Their unique connection continues to develop and soon she becomes an unspoken part of the family.

But this is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is starting to be felt in all the region…


Ilo Ilo (2013)

Ilo Ilo (2013)

Ilo Ilo (2013)


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