Ilo Ilo comments
Members' ratings and comments for Ilo Ilo shown on 10th September 2014
Members’ rating: 65.8% - A-10, B-30, C-21, D-7, E-0. 68 votes from 82 members who signed in
Members’ comments: A different film that kept up our interest; it did lack something possibly more emotion and a bit of humour. Beautifully directed. Plot and character development unconvincing. Confident film making – almost in miniature but wonderfully played by the cast. Unpleasant or unhappy people, loathsome child, not a life enhancing film. Very touching. Illuminating but depressing. Fascinating and intriguing; superbly acted with pathos and poignancy. Some unsympathetic characters but well made and covered the development of a brat to an almost civilised child. What a spoilt brat, what a horrible woman, what a miserable film – God I’m depressed, good direction though. Not really my kind of film. Excellent story line – very well acted; just goes to show that love and understanding can make all the difference! Rather shallow. I felt their collective pain but wished I didn’t have to, at such length. Really enjoyed this film; well acted and very moving. Great story of everyday life; I relate to the stress of work and missing the little things with family; ‘Hope lies within yourself ’- loved the link with new life at end. Don’t underestimate emotional ties – well captured. Some good performances but although the story is grounded, in fact I found it all a bit implausible. A bit of everything that made a whole. Presumably a comment on an overcrowded city life affecting living, working and schooling. Totally engrossing. A convincing tale of troubled relationships – one sad little boy. A depressing study of isolation and loneliness; a director to look out for. You need to be oriental to understand this. Interesting depiction of another culture, good acting. Second film relating to money issues. I did not enjoy this film; slow and painful but quite well made. Well observed, like to see what life is like in another country and culture. More of these please. Surely daily life even in a controlled society like Singapore ? one gets used to claustrophobic art house films in any and every language but this one seemed gratuitous in its bitterness with individuals functioning alone in a society that therefore was not worthy of the name "society"; I was so lost in the futility, I nearly missed the only joke-- with the scan result being wrong and the baby turning out to be " yet another boy ". An interesting experience. Mike Leigh-esque; gripping but what was the point ? Fascinating glimpse into another world. Very moving well shot film. Interesting study on relationships in a dynamic family relationship. Absorbing and moving. Bizarrely enjoyable to watch despite the gloomy subject matter; good believable characters charmingly acted. Well made film but I didn’t enjoy it – don’t wish to visit Singapore. Memories of those kind of people. Interestingly delivered view of alternative cultural viewpoints; beautifully crafted. Extremely claustrophobic and actually unpleasant; it makes one even more respectful of the teachers social workers and other experts who can rescue the minds and lives of traumatised children; as a film in a society that produces hardly any, it told its tale clearly and with little need for subtitles - very good to have the background to its making beforehand; sadly, nothing like the impressive early film last season with the brilliant Danish hijack - also deliberately claustrophobic on ship but skilfully handled as a threat/suspense a la Hitchcock. Well observed but uninvolving. For a simple film, it captured the life of a family in decline. It kept me interested throughout – nothing more, nothing less. I’ve removed the trip to Singapore from my bucket list. This was a very unusual film; I’m thinking about it. Not sure whether my eyes are failing but the picture seemed very pale and subtitles too light. I felt sorry for the boy - at least he had the maid for a while and hopefully a father at the end. A delightful film with sensitive insight into human relationships. Very absorbing. A charming film - relationships and problems East or West so similar; we look forward to seeing more of Anthony Chen's films. Where did it go in the end? Excellent first feature, a director to watch! Realistic portrayal of grim times.