MVIFF: ILO ILOSingapore | 2013 | 99 minutes | Not Rated | Drama
Saturday September 06, 2014
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Yann Yann Yeo, Tian Wen Chen, Angeli Bayani
Set in Singapore, ILO ILO chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who has come like many other Filipino women in search of a better life.
The entire family needs to adapt to the presence of this stranger, which further threatens their already strained relationship. Still, Teresa and Jiale, the young and troublesome boy she cares for, soon form a bond. Their unique connection continues to develop and soon she becomes an unspoken part of the family.
But this is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is starting to be felt in all the region…
"The crowded compositions convey a sense of life in the dense Asian city-state, but also the intimacy of this semi-autobiographical story." - Mark Jenkins WASHINGTON POST
"Anthony Chen, a Singaporean writer-director with a half-dozen shorts to his credit, makes his feature debut with this vividly characterized domestic drama." -J. R. Jones CHICAGO READER
"This quiet little domestic drama from Singapore reminds us films can achieve near-impossible heights and depths of intimacy and empathy." -Burl Burlingame HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER