With a backdrop — the financial crisis of 1997 — of rising unemployment and suicide rates, ILO ILO portrays the dilemma of Asian children placed in care of foreign nannies while their parents work to maintain their lifestyles. One family struggling in this economy is Keng Teck Lim (Chen Tian Wen), who loses his sales job, but doesn’t tell anyone; his wife, Hwee Leng (Yeo Yann Yann), heavily pregnant, still suffers at a secretarial position. Starved of attention, their son, Jiale (Koh Jia Ler), has become a troublemaker at school, forcing the Lims to hire domestic help.
Into this turmoil comes Teresa (Angeli Bayani), who goes by “Terry”, a timid Filipino who leaves her infant son back home (the Philippine province of the title) in the hopes of better-paying work in Singapore. Jiale’s initial hostility eventually grows to affection and complicity, happy to have found the companion he needed, sparking his mother's icy jealousy. ILO ILO, from first time helmer Anthony Chen, won the coveted Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Synopsis written by: Doug Bond
《爸妈不在家》 的英文片名，就用了“Ilo Ilo”，这部以1997年金融风暴为背景的电影，刻画了一名来自伊洛伊洛(菲律宾)的女佣特莉莎，如何与一个家庭互动的感人故事。 刻画太太（杨雁雁）怀孕，家里请了女佣，丈夫（陈天文）却失去工作，一家人面临生活挫折，年幼的孩子（许家乐）在父母出外讨生活时，唯有与女佣相依为命。此片荣获康城影展金摄影机奖.