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.
Her presence in the family worsens their already strained relationship. Jiale, the young and troublesome son, starts to form a unique bond with Teresa, who soon becomes an unspoken part of the family.
But this is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is starting to be felt in the region…
Camera d’Or – Cannes Film Festival
Sutherland Award, Best First Feature – London Film Festival