Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the comfortably middle-class Lim family. They hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in Singapore, Teresa initially struggles to find her footing in her new community. Just as she becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.
Quietly compassionate and rich in detail, Ilo Ilo is a strikingly mature debut from director Anthony Chen.
Dir: Anthony Chen, 2013
1 hr. 39 min. Cast: Angeli Bayani, Yann Yann Yeo, Koh Jia Ler