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.
The entire family needs to adapt to the presence of this stranger, which further threatens their already strained relationship. Still, Teresa and Jiale, the young and troublesome boy she cares for, soon form a bond. Their unique connection continues to develop and soon she becomes an unspoken part of the family.
But this is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is starting to be felt in all the region…
ILO ILO was first released at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors’ Fortnight on 19 May 2013. At the festival, the film was awarded the Camera d’Or award, thus becoming the first Singaporean feature film to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival.