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      2013 1h 52m Comedy Drama List
      Reviews 83% Audience Score 50+ Ratings To raise money for her daughter's college tuition, a plucky divorcee (Vilma Santos) tries out for various acting jobs and lands a part on a Filipino soap opera. Read More Read Less

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      Sarah Boslaugh Playback:stl Santos-Recto is a huge star in her native country (fun fact: she's also the governor of Batangas province) but perfectly inhabits the life of a middle-aged single mother whose best efforts are required just to stay employed and keep her family afloat. Rated: 7/10 Nov 9, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Cyril Joyce A a reality in the Philippines a must watch for foreign countries if they want to take a look on what is the extent of filipino everyday lives, this movie shows us that no matter what happens we will survive everyday we will do everything just for the living, and at the end of the day if we don't have anything we will also get nothing lastly the main point here is a mother would do anything for her family to survive, to thrive and to live tomorrow. i just also wanted to emphasize here where the Director scolded her when she have done a mistake delivering her script that is obviously happening at workplace environment that this how things works in the Philliphines, and every Filipino possesing mental agility in everything we do, this films is reality of Filipino's life but i'm gonna say that this is dramatic. #isang kahig, isang tuka #survival in the Philippines #normal life in the Philippines Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Insightful, although parts of it felt somewhat exaggerated. Vilma Santos was great, as expected. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Ekstra showcases a powerful performance by Vilma Santos and shows how she remained relevant as her fellow contemporaries' (Sharon Cuneta and Nora Aunor) stars have faded during the past two decades. The comic relief offered by the bits of frustrated dialogue from a stressed out gay-centric production team and the blunt humor offered by the "extras" reflect the sense of humor of the masses. The movie takes its time to build into a powerful climax before releasing into a meltdown of emotions leading into the denouement. Jeffrey Jeturian awed in a thought-provoking ending of sorts by rolling the credits in the midst of TV commercials. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member People who were once involved in a film making production can relate to this one. The character's story is much more movie-like than the movie in the movie itself. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A socio-realist drama-comedy movie that serves as eye-opener on the life of bit players in TV series and movies, popularly known to us Filipinos as Ekstra. The movie focused on the central character of Loida Malabanan which is powerfully and effectively played by Vilma Santos. The whole movie itself is a real-life presentation of the lives of bit players - their struggles, their dreams and their happy and sad moments as well. But Ekstra striked to me mostly on how hard it is and what they can sacrifice to earn income for their everyday living. Vilma Santos gave a total performance acting given that her character is limiting because of its role in the story. She gave an empathic act on the character especially on the last 20 minutes of the film and on the last scene which was so poignant and painful to watch. Ekstra is a film that tackles the society of Filipinos and how harsh life is in the middle class of community. But Ekstra also tackles how painful failure is and letting go of opportunity that can change your career in life. I highly recommended this Filipino movie! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Ektra gives us an honest insider look in a life of a bit player with harsh and bittersweet realities. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis To raise money for her daughter's college tuition, a plucky divorcee (Vilma Santos) tries out for various acting jobs and lands a part on a Filipino soap opera.
      Jeffrey Jeturian
      Ferdy Lapuz
      Jeffrey Jeturian, Zig Madamba Dulay, Antoinette Jadaone
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      1h 52m