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Ekstra1Verdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.11 (23 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Director: Jeffrey Jeturian

Writers: Zig Dulay, Antoinette Jadaone, Jeffrey Jeturian

Cast: Vilma Santos, Marlon Rivera, Vincent de Jesus, Ruby Ruiz, Tart Carlos, Piolo Pascual, Pilar Pilapil, Cherie Gil, Marian Rivera

Synopsis: A socio-realist drama-comedy film, it follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan (Vilma Santos) as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation of the marginalized laborers like her.

MTRCB Rating: PG

Running Time: 111 mins.



5.0         Ibarra Mateo (GMA News)

“The prize of watching Ekstra… is that it can be viewed in several rewarding lenses and layers.” (Read full review)

5.0         Nonoy Lauzon (Young Critics Circle)

“The best appreciation of Jeffrey Jeturian’s Ekstra is to see it in the framework of a critique. Ironic through and through and hitting always the bull’s eye in aiming a target, the film exhibits biting commentary of the first order on art and society – laden with humor, pathos, and ultimately, a canvass of the self – deprecation and depravities of the otherwise brilliant creatives of the country’s entertainment industry. Definitely one of the year’s best! Reminiscent of Francois Truffaut’s Oscar winner, Day for Night.”

5.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“All extras in real life will love Jeturian and Ate Vi for showing in this film the humor and the soul of the experiences they go through in the course of their job.” (Read full review)

5.0         Myra Grace Calulo (PEP)

“The movie features a witty and hilarious script, which is further bolstered by Ate Vi’s great comedic timing. There were no lapses in timing and delivery, and there was a stark contrast between the realistic portrayal of the “normal” characters as opposed to the over-the-top acting featured in their teleserye project.” (Read full review)

5.0         Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

Ekstra, in all boldness and certainty is the best Filipino film of the year, so far.” (Read full review)

5.0         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Ang strength ng pelikula ay ang script nito (na nakapangalan sa tatlo: Zig Dulay, Antoinette Jadaone at Jeffrey Jeturian). Kahit na nagpaka-real time ito (upang maramdaman ng audience ang exhaustion na hinihingi ng isang bit player) o tipong nagpapaka-a day in the life of lang, ramdam na ramdam na meron itong script.” (Read full review)

4.5         Fred Hawson (ABS-CBN News)

“This was such a revealing and informative movie for me, to see what really happens behind those neat and glamorous programs we see night after night on our TV screens. We never would have imagined that there is much chaos and exploitation before those final edits were reached.” (Read full review)

4.5         Zig Marasigan (Kristn)

Ekstra is the kind of Philippine comedy that all other comedies should aspire to be, harnessing great talent with a story that is both thoughtful and entertaining.” (Read full review)

4.5         Wanggo Gallaga (Juice)

“It is funny but it is also painful and sad. The tension from these two emotions make this film very successful because at one point you are laughing because of the ridiculousness of some of the situations, but at the same time, you feel sad because you know this is not very far from the truth.” (Read full review)

4.5          Ihcahieh

“Casting someone of (Santos’) caliber is just right because she is able to operate in different levels of acting required for several scenes, which could be a bit demanding because she is an actress playing the role of a supporting actress playing various roles.” (Read full review)

4.5          CBCP CINEMA

“Napakahusay ng mga teknikal na aspeto ng pelikulang Ekstra.  Malinis at makatotohanan ang pagkakalahad ng kuwento.  Interesante ang mga eksena na tila isang “reality show” ang tinutunghayan ng mga manonood.” (Read full review)

4.5          Irvin Malcolm Contreras (A Girl and a Gun)

“I find this project pretty daring for its kind and considering that it was co-financed/released by a mainstream studio.” (Read capsule review)

4.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Ekstra seems to be most interested in poking fun at local television, at directing anger at this utterly reprehensible system that does nothing in the end but produce garbage that nobody can be proud of. And it’s really good at doing exactly that.” (Read full review)

4.0         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Mabisa ang pagganap ni Vilma Santos bilang isang single mother na nagsusumikap magtrabaho para mapatapos sa pag-aaral ang kanyang anak. Relaxed ang kanyang body language pero on point pa rin ang performance, lalo na sa kanyang mga close-up scenes.” (Read full review)

4.0         Paulina Ocampo (Katipunan)

Ekstra is Philippine comedy done well. It also sheds a bright light on the difficulties of the “little people” on set. Who says bit players can’t be stars?” (Read full review)

4.0         Chryssa Celestino (The Lasallian)

“The success of this film is partly founded on its metaphorical layers. While it does illuminate the difficult life of bit players, Ekstra provides a microcosmic perspective on what is happening in immediate society.” (Read full review)

3.75       Dale Bacar (

“While most of the film was fairly effective, Ektra was a little too obvious and too didactic; never taking a moment’s pause in driving its point. That said, Ekstra managed to be more than decent mainly because of the brilliant Vilma Santos who was able to take the audience through a gamut of emotions that her character was going through.” (Read full review)

3.75       Jay Rosas (Edge Davao)

“Unfortunately, Ekstra also falls prey into the very system which it laboriously challenges. A system that has molded the preference for the easy and recognizable ending, and ending that should always makes sense or settles comfortably to resolve the protagonist’s dilemma.” (Read full review)

3.5         Yanni Fernan (Pinoy Weekly)

“Bagaman malaki ang pagsisikap ng pelikula na unawain ang katayuan ng mga ekstra, wala itong mensahe o pahiwatig man lang kung anong pagbabago ba ang dapat nilang gawin sa sitwasyon nila.” (Read full review)

3.5         Emil Nor Urao (E-Reviews)

“Groundbreaking pa rin yung Six Degrees pero masasabi kong may binigay ang Ekstra na dati’y gusting-gusto kong makita sa Six Degrees… at yun ang pamumuhay ng mga ekstra sa working days nila.” (Read full review)

3.0         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“There are parts that can still be trimmed down from it, and it just felt too long. The truth is despite the normal people enjoying the glimpse of what it’s like in a soap opera set, it does cater more to those people who are really a part of it with inside jokes thrown endlessly left and right.” (Read full review)

2.5          J. Neil Garcia

“Without inquiring into the possible ‘deeper’ reasons why people like Loida continue to do what they do—other than the money, the squeeing and/or fangirling, and the far-fetched dream of becoming a star someday—Jeturian’s film, after gesturing to lift them up from the cesspool of indignity (to which they are unfairly subjected), ceremoniously drops them into it again.” (Read full review)

1.5          J. Pilapil Jacobo (Young Critics Circle)

“The writing sounds so pedestrian in its attempt to be contemporary, and the direction that intervenes in this foolhardy reportage can only be impoverished.” (Read full review)


Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.19 (21 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Jeffrey Jeturian

Writer: Paul Sta. Ana

Cast: Tirso Cruz III, Raquel Villavicencio, Julia Clarete, Jennifer Sevilla, Edgar Allan, Aryanna Santiago, Jen Donaire, Kimmy Maclang, Troy De Guzman

Synopsis: On the eve of Christmas, the Aguinaldo family’s residence is burglarized, causing its members to identify stolen items and uncover lingering sentiments they have hidden from each other.  Amidst the tension brought about by the burglary, the Aguinaldo family realizes how treasured sentiments have been lost, relationships have evolved as they arrive from church at a house in shambles.

Running time: 82 mins.



5.0          Jema Pamintuan (Young Critics Circle)

“Kagaya ng ritwal ng panunuluyan, ng paghahanap ng tahanang masisilungan ng mga tauhan nito, batbat ang pelikula ng mga pananda ng paghahanap, hindi lamang ng mga bagay na nawawala. May malinaw na preokupasyon sa mga ritwal, o ang posibilidad ng paggamit sa diwa ng ritwal upang magbigay kaganapan at saysay sa buhay at pagdanas ng mga tauhan.” (Read full review)

4.5          Nel Costales (Sine Patrol)

“Scriptwriter Paul Sta. Ana crafts his best screenplay yet. The theme of Christian hypocrisy is slowly unveiled before our eyes… The tight story benefits from superb acting. As the characters drown in a cesspool of lies, the mother (Raquel Villavicencio) remains calm and acts as a buoyant lifesaver.” (Read full review)

4.0        Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“In its claustrophobic mise-en-scene, Bisperas draws on a distinctly Bunuelian conceit: the burglarized home littered with damaged belongings and contentious relationships is like the tense and gutted upper-class home in The Exterminating Angel.” (Read full review)

3.5        Tessa Maria Guazon (Young Critics Circle)

“Jeturian succeeds to show that indeed the home, the self and the community collapse into each other. Yet because of the pervasive centrality of ideals of family, of “blood being thicker than water” we endure the stifling coagulations of family more often than wanted.” (Read full review)

3.5        Don Jaucian (The Almanac of Fall)

Bisperas works best when it exposes the faults of a supposedly devout Catholic flock, taking refuge in the church to ask for absolution, looking for a clean slate just so they could continue tending to their worldly desires once outside its walls.” (Read full review)

3.5        Pat Session

“The film’s hyper realistic portrayal of a Filipino family makes it an easy target for being called a patience-tester. It’s so realistic it makes other Filipino family dramas look like cartoons and/or exaggerated recreations of families created by people who have never known a family issue in their lives.” (Read full review)

3.0        Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“Uneven only because of certain portions when the film is carried away by an understandable eagerness to reveal the failures of an overbearing Church and its shallow flock, Bisperas is a film that triumphs when it is low key, when its affronts to Catholic hypocrisy are gestured instead of zealously announced.” (Read full review)

3.0        Manuel Pangaruy (IndioCine)

“Para sa akin, masyadong jampacked ang pagkakasulat. Halos wala nang espasyo para huminga… Sa mga nagsiganap, lahat naman ay halos magagaling (kabilang ang Ateneo jacket at cap) pero si Julia Clarete ang pinakaumangat sa akin dito.” (Read full review)

3.0        Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“But at the end of the day, why this story? What’s new about family members unearthing their long-buried issues that’s worth telling?” (Read full review)

3.0        Mental Clutter

“Despite the mediocre camerawork, Bisperas opens the mind to the reality that a perfect and religious family hides more than it shows, and that a family’s solidarity is hampered with each member’s secrets.” (Read full review)

2.5        Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“I don’t quite understand the structure of this film, the main story bookended by small stories concerning characters that don’t really have anything to do with the plot. It’s all meant to be symbolic, I’m told, but it ends up feeling extraneous.” (Read full review)

2.5        Julien Merced Matabuena (Manila Bulletin)

“Some of these points may appear shallow, but characters should have strong individual back-stories for the viewers to be able to understand why they act a certain way. With these questions left unanswered, the audience is left guessing and feeling as if they’re really outsiders looking in—made privy to a night in the life of a middle-class family in crisis.” (Read full review)

2.0        Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The movie for me feels rather incomplete.  The first part was nauseating, because of the super shaky camera and the poorly lit streets and house.  But the middle, when things start to take its place, was superb and beautifully handled.” (Read full review)

2.0        Candid Headlines

“All in all, the movie felt like a sermon. It wasn’t fun to go through, but you learn the lesson afterwards.” (Read full review)


4.5        Ian Urrutia (Pinoy Cinema)

“Jeffrey Jeturian has a knack of making the ordinary extraordinary. His low-key drama, Bisperas lets its viewers take a peek on the hypocrisy that goes along with the typical, Filipino middleclass family— its absurd fascination with religiosity and Catholic faith completely downplaying the dysfunctions that has long been a problem within family members. The film aims for a story that deftly fleshes out characters at its most real. Easily one of the best ensemble acting I’ve seen in a while.”

4.0        Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Nagustuhan ko yung pagka Pinoy.”

3.5        Lyndon Maburaot (Cinephiles)

“Jeturian can only do so much. He juggles the threads in the air, inside Aguinaldo residence one Christmas eve — and it’s admirable, the way he does it, following the characters with his camera crisscross between rooms and between floors. However superb is Jeturian’s grip is not enough to take a flat script off to a greater height.”

3.0        Jay-r Trinidad (Cinephiles)

“ok ang premise for me. medyo maganda ang pasok. pero nung tumatagal, parang nagkulang siya. oks din yung style na sinusundan niya yung mga star ng eksena. at medyo nailang lang ako sa mababaw na pag-arte ni jennifer sevilla. =)”

2.5        Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“It’s ironic that the script’s attempts to be subtle (by employing symbols instead of stating the obvious) became too studied, thus, apparent. Too bad director Jeffrey Jeturian stuck closely to it. He seems to have lost his touch after Bing Lao replaced him for Brillante Mendoza as go-to director. It’s also unfortunate that this was released the same year (in the same festival even) as the better Pinoy family drama, Niño.”

2.5        Sanriel Ajero (Another Sani Day)

MMK-ish and Filipinas-ish with good bookends.”

2.0        Json Javier (Cinephiles)

“I felt like I was watching caricatures that needed less drama in their lives. Sa sobrang melodramatic, some scenes felt surreal. Technicals were really good, though.”

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