Cannes Camera d'Or-winning family drama depicting the turbulent but inseparable bond between a 10-year-old Singaporean boy (Koh Jia Ler) and his Filipino nanny Teresa (Angeli Bayani), as the boy’s parents struggle to weather the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The title Ilo Ilo translates to 'Mon and Dad Are Not Home'.
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BY Aaron Yap Flicks Writer
In many ways the film I’ve always wanted to see: an eerily accurate representation of my childhood. Even when viewed through a veil of misty-eyed nostalgia, Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen’s autobiographical Ilo Ilo is a remarkably assured, nuanced debut, encapsulating the 1997 Asian financial crisis through the prickly bond between Jiale, a mischievous 10-year-old boy and his Filipino maid Teresa. Every beat is true-to-life, enriched by organic humour, affecting, naturalistic performances and a decided lack of sentimentality that recognises the cruelly transient nature of Teresa’s surrogate-mother role.