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Ilo Ilo (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 August 2013 (Singapore)
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In 90s Singapore, the friendship between Filipino nursemaid Teresa and her young charge Jiale makes waves in a family, while the Asian recession hits the region.

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Hwee Leng
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Teck (as Tianwen Chen)
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Jia Ler Koh ...
Jiale
Peter Wee ...
Discipline Master
Jo Kukathas ...
School Principal
Naomi Toh ...
English Teacher (Mrs Ong)
Stephanie Kiong ...
Teacher
Jia Min Chantel Teo ...
Teacher
Zhi Fang Xu ...
Teacher
Sea Moi Lee ...
Teacher
James Ng ...
Teacher
Sook Fen Wong ...
Teacher
Siow Phing Tan ...
Teacher
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Teacher (as Muhd Aizuddin Bin Nasser)
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Set in Singapore, Ilo Ilo chronicles the relationship between the Lim family and their newly arrived maid, Teresa. Like many other Filipino women, she has come to this city in search of a better life. Her presence in the family worsens their already strained relationship. Jiale, the young and troublesome son, starts to form a unique bond with Teresa, who soon becomes an unspoken part of the family. This is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is beginning to be felt in the region... Written by anonymous

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29 August 2013 (Singapore)  »

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$8,775 (USA) (6 April 2014)

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$54,071 (USA) (13 July 2014)
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Official submission of Singapore to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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Terry: [to Jiale] Why you do that to me, huh? Why you do that to me? I don't care if you like me or not. You don't like, I don't care. But your mum, she employed me. I'm here to do my work properly. I am your maid, but I didn't come here to be bullied.
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Real, moving family drama
18 May 2017 | by (England, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Ilo Ilo' is a raw drama set in recession hit Singapore as one family feels the pressure and increased strain as they are hit hard by the economic crisis. The film centers around the relationship between Jiale, the son, and the family's maid, Terry, who is tasked with looking after Jiale.

The storyline is a very simple but very real one, following the family through their struggles during challenging economic times. There's no music, no special effects, no fake drama, just a real, raw story with an excellent script and strong performances. It's not for everyone, but it you enjoy stripped back, simple films, then I would recommend Illo Illo.


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