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.
ISBN: 9781490632650
1490632654
Branch Call Number: DVD ILO ILO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99, 8 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Blik.

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ThomasJWhiting
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.

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janssy
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,....

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BloomFree
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.

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cwchoi
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.

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voisjoe1_0
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.

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harrietz
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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