Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, 'Ilo Ilo' chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his over-stressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middle-class and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and to find her footing in her new community. However, the two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again. Touching and beautiful, the film takes the viewer on a life affirming journey through strife, love and loss.
Yann Yann Yeo, Tian Wen Chen, Angeli Bayani, Jialer Koh, Peter Wee, Jo Kukathas, Naomi Toh, Stephanie Kiong, Jia Min Chantel Teo, Zhi Fang Xu, Sea Moi Lee, James Ng, Sook Fen Wong, Siow Phing Tan, Muhd Aizuddin Bin Nasser