Ilo Ilo

Winner of the prestigious Camera d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Ilo Ilo is set to release in cinema this week. I had the privilege to catch a sneak peek last week and I fell in love with the movie.
Set in Singapore at the beginning of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, Ilo Ilo tell a story about the relationship between the Lim family and their newly arrived maid, Terry. Like many other Filipino woman, 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.

Ilo Ilo is a heartwarming movie that all Singaporeans should watch. The director did a great job in bringing the audiences back in time to 1997 with the clever use of props like old payphone, bookshop and cars. I’m impressed by the attention to details in the movie. They even use portrait of Mr and Mrs Ong Teng Cheong in the school assembly hall. These are some of the small details that perhaps the audiences at Cannes Film Festival wouldn’t notice.
Ilo Ilo is set for release in cinemas in Singapore on 29 August 2013.

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