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Ilo Ilo

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Singapore, Japan, Taiwan

2013

1h 39m

Director Anthony Chen

Starring Yann Yann Yeo, Tian Wen Chen, Angeli Bayani, Koh Jia Ler

Genre Drama

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Struggling to stay both financially and emotionally comfortable, the Lim family hires Teresa, a nursemaid, to care for their unruly son, Jiale. Initially, Teresa's presence only exacerbates the situation. However, after some time, Teresa becomes acclimated with the family, forging a unique bond with her young charge.

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80

Empire by

Not all magically benevolent nannies fly on talking umbrellas, as we learn in this beautifully formed little heart-tugger.
60

CineVue by Ben Nicholson

Throughout, each of Ilo Ilo's performers give wonderfully naturalistic turns, providing the entire film with a heartening authenticity.
80

Total Film by 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.
80

Time Out by 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.
80

Variety by 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.
100

The New York Times by 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.

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