Ilo Ilo

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Quietly compassionate and rich in detail, Ilo Ilo is a strikingly mature debut from writer-director Anthony Chen.



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Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again. (c) Film Movement

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Peter Wee
as Discipline Master
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as School Principal
Naomi Toh
as English Teacher (Mrs. Ong)
Delwin Neo
as Fat Boy
Jo Kwek
as Mother's Colleague (Lisa)
Gim Goh
as Jimmy Goh
Pamela Wildheart
as Salon Owner
Judee Beniola
as Hairdresser
Donovan Lee
as IT Manager
Michael Chua
as Subordinate
Michael Foong
as Job Interviewer
Elvin Leong
as Provision Shop Owner
Yeo Siew Khim
as Grandmother
Kelvin Ho
as Elder Brother
Kelly Lim Lt
as Elder Sister-In-Law
Elena Chia
as Elder Sister
George Chew
as Elder Brother-In-Law
Zelda Tatiana Ng
as Younger Sister
Goh Leng Yong
as Younger Brother-In-Law
Ricky Ong
as Younger Brother
Georgia Fun
as Younger Brother's Girlfriend
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