Director: Anthony Chen. Cast: Yann Yann Yeo, Tian Wen Chen, Angeli Bayani. 99 min. Not Rated. Singapore. Drama.
During a 1990s recession, a middle-class Singapore couple hires a twenty-something Filipino girl to take care of their spoiled brat son, and as the pregnant mom and depressed dad make risky financial moves, the relationship between the maid and boy grows. This is a very honest movie that doesn't shy away from tough story situations. Other than that, the reason it won more than 20 international awards, including the coveted Golden Camera (given to first-time directors) at last year's Cannes Film Festival, was lost on me.