Ilo ilo

Ilo ilo

DVD - 2014 | Chinese
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Singapore, late 90s. The friendship between the maid Teresa and young boy Jiale ignite the mother's jealousy, while the Asian recession hits the region.
Publisher: [New York] : Film Movement ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by RB Media, [2014], 2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99, 8 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Blik


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Mar 09, 2018

This film won in the Festival De Cannes Camera D'OR. The title of the film is " When the Parents Not in Home"
The Director Anthony Chen memorized his own story when he was a little boy, his parents were busy at work, so he was taken care of by a Filipino maid. In this film, he described a naughty and troublesome little boy whom the maid initially had to struggle for his antics, but gradually their affection and relation were so close that they finally became friends.
The story was interesting, though all the actors were not big stars, they performed very well.

May 28, 2015

Interesting peak into Singapore and 1997 Asian financial crisis. Adding Singapore to my growing list of places to visit. My sister-in-law is a Filipino Auntie so that rang some bells.

The short bonus film Blik was entertaining, too.
Interesting technique of converting film to graphic illustration.

Apr 08, 2015

Authentic, heartfelt look at a middle-class, dual income family and their recently hired "maid" struggling to keep up appearances and survive their personal challenges - emotional, financial,....

Jan 06, 2015

Watched with open mind and open heart but I couldn't see the relationship between the maid and the young boy develop -- also there was this confusing friend, mother and sexual thing going on that didn't seem to work for me.

Some sad parts struck my heart but overall I just felt like I was watching from afar -- I' ve experienced and a lot of us are now experiencing working and non-working hardship so it was not any more interesting than watching bad traffic and driving -- an everyday occurence.

Dec 31, 2014

A honest, no-fancy take of a family tale about a married couple raising a teenager with the help of a in-house maid trying hard to deal with incessant family trouble in the aftermath of 1997 financial crisis, set in Singapore. If you like Edward Yeung's Yi Yi, you would love this film.

Dec 26, 2014

This film won the Cannes Camera d’Or, which means that it was judged to be the best film in the festival from a director making his/her first film. This film from Singapore (maybe the first film dealing with Singapore that I’ve seen since Saint Jack starring Ben Gazzara (1979)). It’s the simple tale of a family dealing with family problems and involves a married couple, their son and their housekeeper/nanny. You know that the film is good when you are rooting for them to solve their problems, but sometimes solutions take more effort than the viewer envisions.

Sep 22, 2014

This is a fine movie about an upper middle class family in Singapore trying to keep things together during the 90s financial crisis. A key character is their Filipino maid, who develops a close relationship with their son. The movie reminds one of Ozu, with its keen focus on the family.


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