A Filipino maid gets hired in the house of a middle class Singaporean family. The story takes with the simplest of conflicts, between the family’s 10 year old son and the maid. The boy is pushy and uncontrollable to start with but, gently, their relationship goes from being confrontational to a strong friendship. We follow the life: from the daily routines to the moment when the family gradually starts loosing their financial power and has to give up on the maid.
Ilo Ilo is such a rewarding cinematic experience, its power flowing from the close observation of daily simple activities. It’s humanism at its best. A slow cooking family tale that finishes as un-conflictual as it starts.
Heart moving picture.