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Rated NR · 2009

In this somber drama by Lukas Moodysson (Together, Lilya 4-Ever), two different families are nearly destroyed by their pursuit of cash across the globe. Video-game entrepreneur Gael Garcia Bernal jets from New York to Bangkok to close a lucrative deal, leaving wife Michelle Williams, a stressed-out surgeon, to cope with their daughter’s growing attachment to their devoutly Christian Filipino nanny. In a heavily ironic parallel, the nanny’s two sons in the Philippines miss her so badly that the 10-year-old takes drastic steps to earn money he thinks will speed her return. Moodysson’s meticulous attention to surfaces allows him to draw a stark contrast between the Americans’ affluence and the Asians’ poverty, but his final observation—that somehow the rich will muddle through—is hardly a bold statement. In English and subtitled Tagalog and Thai. 125 min.

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Director: Lukas Moodysson
Writer: Lukas Moodysson
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams, Maria Esmeralda del Carmen, Thomas McCarthy, Marife Necesito, Jan David G. Nicdao, Sophie Nyweide, Martin Delos Santos and Perry Dizon

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