Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Verdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.60 (24 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Writer/Director: Antoinette Jadaone

Cast: Lilia Cuntapay, Geradine Malacaman Villamil

Synopsis: The story follows “dakilang extra” Lilia Cuntapay through the days leading up to a fictionalized awards night where she is nominated as a Best Supporting Actress for the very first time.

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Trailer: 

Reviews:

5.0          Noel Vera (Cinemas of Asia)

“Real or reel, it all doesn’t really matter; Cuntapay is sui generis, a force all her own, by turns charming and infuriating, cunning and clueless, totally out-of-touch and completely plugged in.” (Read full review)

5.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It’s brilliant on so many levels. The film treats fact and fiction in the same way, creating this really strange hybrid format that I don’t think I’ve ever really seen before. It strikes as something uniquely Filipino, and something that everyone just ought to see.” (Read full review)

5.0          Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“It’s an inspiring story underneath all the cool pop culture references, the impressive celebrity cameos, and wonderful acting, this funny, touching, and fictionalized documentary on your tragicomic life. Also, I feel this is exactly the kind of movie the public deserves to see.” (Read full review)

5.0          Don Jaucian (Pelikula Tumblr)

“What endears Six Degrees to viewers is its ability to approximate the Filipino dream into ‘nayLilia’s experience, that even the smidgen of a chance of accepting an award is enough of a cue to reassess our choices and relive the warm, happy memories while surrounding ourselves with the people we love.” (Read full review)

5.0          Nel Costales (Sine Patrol)

“Jadaone’s film is a stunning meta-movie mind-fuck. It blurs the line between fiction and reality. All throughout the movie, one is left wondering what the truth is.” (Read full review)

5.0          Jose Claro (Philippine Star)

“Although fictional or, at most, inspired by her life, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay proves the star value of a lead actress is secondary only to the creativity and depth of the script. It is these kinds of films that will convince the most jaded youth that Filipinos can create movies that are more than the usual.” (Read full review)

5.0          Juaniyo Arcellana (Philippine Star)

“To Jadaone’s credit, the young director never takes herself too seriously, but invests her subject with warmth and sensitivity, making the viewer aware that in such a seemingly fickle industry, there’s never a lack of small, marginal players (read: extras) who are dedicated to the craft.” (Read full review)

5.0          Laurence Castillo (Bildungsroman)

“What Six Degrees wonderfully achieves is its brave and sympathetic resolve to purify Nanay Lilia’s abjection. The 93-minute indie film does not have us hurrying nor willing it to finish because every second is a moment of living with Nanay Lilia. We experience her jocular quips, her loud philosophizings, her random musings and witticisms – and we see her shed her tears. (Read full review)

5.0          Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“Giving a lead role for Lilia Cuntapay is brave and noble enough; to have her play herself and spill her guts out and make it beautiful and inspiring is something else- it is beyond comparison.” (Read full review)

5.0           Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“Jadaone successfully meshed the personal and intimate with the funny without losing the movie’s charm.  She proves that she is one of the directors to look out for in the future.” (Read full review)

5.0           Jowana Bueser (The Birth of Damnation)

“Films like this are an indication Philippine Cinema is far from dead. No. It is not dead because Lilia Cuntapay is rockin’ it like a mad ghost.” (Read full review)

4.5           Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay succeeds not only because it seamlessly merges fact and fiction or because it manages to tackle a personality who exists in the margins of Filipino pop culture within a context of absolute familiarity but because it is genuinely touching.” (Read full review)

4.5           Ian Urrutia (Pinoy Cinema Tumblr)

“Funny thing is that the film doesn’t take itself too seriously, and the attempt to turn a carnival mirror on the showbiz industry is done subtly in good taste.” (Read full review)

4.0           Jessica Zafra (InterAksyon)

“We get a glimpse at the movie industry behind the glamor of its stars: the movie extras whose names we don’t know, their hand to mouth existence, the production assistants and crew who don’t get mentioned on awards night, the endless waiting, the people who live for the fleeting second when they appear on the screen and are crushed when they get edited out.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

5.0          Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Lilia Cuntapay can play a role, we all know that, but i didn’t know she can act, although it’s difficult to point out in the movie what part is she acting and what part is she being herself. Although tawang-tawa ako dun sa “rehearsals” scene, pero i don’t know whether to laugh or cry sa pelikula. It’s very sad how the industry treat the people like Lilia Cuntapay. Pero it was very fun to watch!”

5.0          Epoy Deyto (Kawts Kamote)

“Magaling ang staging, kahit nga minsan nahahalata, hindi na napansin nang dahil sa husay ng mga actor/actress. Bukod kay Lilia, commendable din ang performance ni Myra. Memorable ang hagdan scene.”

5.0         Vin Ello (Member, Cinephiles)

“Undoubtedly very unique, interesting, creative, funny & entertaining! The whole concept is just awesome! Well-written & directed film.”

4.5          Leo Lorenzo-Aninag (Cinephiles)

“The most important Filipino film I’ve seen this year.”

4.0          Skilty Labastilla (YCC Film Desk)

“Seamlessly directed, crowd-pleasing underdog comedy is a critique against the country’s media and showbiz culture. But the film wisely sidesteps the tendency to preach and lets the audience think for themselves. A tribute not only to Ms. Cuntapay but to all bit players in show business who have worked in the industry for most of their lives but will forever remain in the background because they lack the looks or the right connections to make it big.”

4.0          Fidel Antonio Midel (Pixelated Popcorn)

“Lilia Cuntapay, the most popular extra in Philippine showbiz, finally gets her first lead role. Genius concept. It’s amazing how the director seamlessly interspersed reality and fiction. Lilia Cuntapay is comedy gold. But the film also managed to pull some heart strings as well. Another proof that Cinema One Originals produce kick-ass movies. MUST-SEE!”

4.0          Jay-r Trinidad (Cinephiles)

“Heartbreaking, smart, and fun.”

3.5          Jade Tamboon (Cinephiles)

“Masyadong distracting yung mga gimik ng director. Pero dapat manalong Best Actress si Lilia Cuntapay.”

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Note: Cinephiles is an online group of Filipino film cineastes.

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