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Set in Singapore, ‘Ilo Ilo’ chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived maid Teresa, who like many other Filipina women has come 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 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…