Ilo Ilo

Ilo Ilo is a mandarin phrase meaning "mum and dad not at home".  Does this make this film the Singaporean equivalent of "Home Alone"?  Not to mislead anyone, this is probably a "slow" and nuanced take on family life where the parents might be physically there, but they've hired a nanny to fill the void.


Hyde Park write-up is:

Winner of the Camera d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, this exquisitely acted debut feature from Anthony Chen plays out against the backdrop of the 1997 Asian financial meltdown, focusing on a family hit hard by the crisis. Beautifully paced, with a strong focus on the intimacies and subtleties of the family unit, ILO ILO is a humane, low-key triumph, and announces a distinctive new voice in Asian film-making.

Mandarin with English sub


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  • Lilliane

    Really enjoyed it; lovely snapshot of a Chinese family and its problems

    June 11

  • Charlotte M.

    Hi, I've been meaning to come along to one of these for a while but it looks like the first one I can make it to is going to be very quiet!

    June 10

  • claire w.

    Hi really sorry but work have asked me to change shifts time and am now starting at 7 so I'll have to decline tonight. Sorry if that leaves you on your own x

    June 10

  • Lilliane

    Hi Claire, my no is[masked] and I'll try to remember to switch it on!

    June 9

  • claire w.

    Im still coming. My number in case is[masked]

    June 9

  • Val S.

    Thanks for letting us know Tracey. It turns out that I'm actually going to be pretty busy myself tomorrow so I don't want to commit to going - sorry Lilliane, if you end up going alone!

    June 9

  • Tracey

    Lilliane & Val - apologies but I can't make this date any longer. As it's the only viewing, I can't reschedule. I'll leave it up as a meetup. I would suggest that you swap tel numbers or post here about how to meet up. I'll cancel it though if you change your mind about going. See you another time.

    June 8

  • Frankie

    I thought this was tomorrow! (Writing this on the 2nd June). Not sure about my availability next week will leave myself as a possible last minute addition for now. Ciao

    June 2

  • Frankie

    Sorry, I'm not going to be able to make it! Boo!

    June 2

    • Tracey

      No worries, thanks for letting me know. I may not be able to make it myself, as I've probably got guests now that evening, so may have to cancel it anyway. See you soon, no great films on offer at the moment :(

      June 2

  • Frankie

    Tracey I'm bevoming a bit of a 50/50 for this I'm afraid I'm trying to finish a website in time for the World Cup, hopefully I won't need to work on it Tuesday evening....I'll update Tuesday lunch. F

    May 31

  • Frankie

    This looks like another of Tracey's classic slow-burners :-) 99 mins isn't that long for a movie these days having said that...

    May 27

  • Frankie

    Tuesday, 6:15, HPPH, its all good nice one T

    May 26

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