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Wonderful...acutely perceptive...by the end of a movie that could have been a tear-jerker, you empathize with everybody equally.
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Ilo Ilo

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

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

Played at

Monica Film Center, 4.11.14 - 4.24.14
Playhouse 7, 4.11.14 - 4.17.14
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Web Site: http://www.iloilom...
Runtime: 99 min
Language: English, Hokkien, Mandarin, Tagalog

Director: Anthony Chen
Cast: Angeli Bayani, Koh Jia Ler, Tian Wen Chen
FEATURED REVIEW: Chris Packham, Village Voice
In Ilo Ilo, director Anthony Chen depicts the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s in a decaying, claustrophobic world of temp job insecurity, bleeping Tamagotchis, bubble tea, and crooked hucksters selling “opportunity.” Children play in the streets, seemingly oblivi...