Ilo Ilo

Ilo Ilo ★★★★

I've lived in Singapore all of my life, and for as long as I've lived here I've had a domestic helper. Growing up and becoming more conscious of the moral and emotional complexity of having someone relying on your family, living in your house, caring for you but being an employee at the end of the day, was always a turbulent experience. I love art for its ability to crystallize emotions I had but could not put into words, and this film did just that. Gorgeously specific, seeing the singlish translated in the subtitles was surreal and lovely. Adored this understatement, Edward Yang-esque, distinctly Singaporean film very much.