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Sunday 19th October 5:00 PM

Ilo Ilo 

Director: Anthony Chen Country: Singapore
Cert: 12A Year: 2013 Length: 99 mins Language: Mandarin and English
Ilo Ilo

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Audience Reaction

Score: 66.91% Attendance: 115




Nine-year-old Jiale is living with his parents Teck and Hwee Leng in Singapore in the 1990s economic crash. Hwee Leng is pregnant and Filipino Teresa is hired as a nanny-cum-all-round-dogsbody. The family is full of secrets and their already dysfunctional life is further disturbed by the growing bond between Jiale and Teresa.

Director Anthony Chen has won awards before this film for his shorts including Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals, but this is his first attempt at a feature film. Chen, who was trained at Britain's National Film and Television school, is now winning awards (Best first feature film at Cannes) and praise around the globe for this too.

The story (based on Chen's own life) revolves mainly around the badly behaved Jiale and his relationship with Teresa the impoverished nanny, against the background of the problems imposed on all families in Singapore by the economic crash. As Charlotte O'Sullivan says in the Evening Standard - 'It's tough to go down in the world. This superb drama from Singapore asks what happens when you're already at the bottom?'


open_quote Puts modern Singaporese cinema on the map with this beautifully observed and gently comic family drama close_quote Oliver Lyttelton, Little White Lies

open_quote Ilo Ilo is filled with sweetness, humour and humanity: so assured and accomplished that it's hard to believe this is a first feature. close_quote Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

open_quote Shot with extraordinary intimacy and naturalism, and boasting superbly unaffected performances from the core cast close_quote Mark Kermode, The Observer

open_quote Ilo Ilo is a story told with enormous sympathy and flair, and an almost novelistic skill in getting inside the principals' heads. Chen is a real filmmaker to watch close_quote Peter Bradshaw, Guardian.



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