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Ilo Ilo


Set in the mid 1990s in Singapore, ILOILO chronicles the relationship between a family and their maid from Ilo Ilo, a province in the Philippines.

Actors: Jia Ler Koh , Jo Kukathas , Koh Jia Ler , Angeli Bayani , Tian Wen Chen , Yann Yann Yeo
Directors: Anthony Chen
Release: 2013-08-29
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  • Kenneth Turan

    Ilo Ilo is writer-director Anthony Chen's first film, but breathtaking intimacy in storytelling is already second nature to him.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    This remarkably terse movie doesn’t waste a word or an image. It refuses to linger over each little crisis its characters endure. And its detachment lends a perspective that widens the film’s vision of people reacting to events beyond their control.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    With evocative performances, especially from the two women, and a nicely modulated sense of nostalgia, Ilo Ilo marks the emergence of a promising new cinematic voice.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Chen captures with both humor and heartbreaking realism the complicated mechanics of the family dynamic and how outside forces work to shape it.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Not all magically benevolent nannies fly on talking umbrellas, as we learn in this beautifully formed little heart-tugger.

    Empire Full Review
  • James Mottram

    As their early fights give way to growing respect, it’s a beautifully calibrated relationship, with small moments gradually building into something much bigger. A gem.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Maggie Lee

    Anthony Chen is remarkably astute in his depiction of the class and racial tensions within such a household, his accessible style enabling the characters’ underlying decency and warmth to emerge unforced.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    None of this is pushed into comic relief—the filmmaker lets his drama play out with gentleness — and you smile at the many evolutions.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    Sensitive performances by the four main players suit the tone, which is naturalistic and even earthy — most of the characters are shown going to the bathroom — yet ultimately poignant.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephen Dalton

    Finely acted and minutely observed, Ilo Ilo certainly has the texture of real life. The performances feel authentic, the emotional shadings agreeably nuanced.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Small details and incidents accrete into a pointillist rendering of despair.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    Throughout, each of Ilo Ilo's performers give wonderfully naturalistic turns, providing the entire film with a heartening authenticity.

    CineVue Full Review
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