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Ilo Ilo (12A)

Ilo Ilo (12A)


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.

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The critical consensus

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

****(*)Guy Lodge, Empire Online, 28/04/2014

A huge hit in Singapore, first time feature film director Anthony Chen has shaped a smart, engaging, universal drama.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 27/04/2014

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 film-maker to watch.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 01/05/2014

Shot with extraordinary intimacy and naturalism, and boasting superbly unaffected performances from the core cast, this sympathetic and engaging drama is deceptively gentle in its insight – compassionate yet unsentimental.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 04/05/2014

Compassionate, beautifully acted and wryly funny.

****(*)Oliver Lyttelton, Little White Lies, 01/05/2014

Features about Ilo Ilo (12A)

Ilo Ilo director Anthony Chen: 'A lot of maids have forsaken their own children'

Steve Rose, The Guardian, 01/05/2014

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday May 2, 2014, until Thursday May 8, 2014. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday May 23, 2014, until Thursday May 29, 2014. More info:

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