6IXTYNIN9. 1999

Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

A comic crime & caper film with an unusual lead performance by Lalita Panyopas as Tum, who discovers a noodle box stuffed with money & decides to keep it, though the cost of doing so will be greater than she bargained for. Panyopas is most certainly not traditionally pretty or movie-star like, but she is fascinating to watch.

6ixtynin9 rides the edge of being a serious film with absurd incidents, but one pitfall of black comedies is when directors assume nobody actually likes or believes in the characters so it won't matter how many of them die. There is at least one quick pointless murder that was very unsatisfying.

If Tum's friend had survived I would've liked the film a bit more for all its faults, but the "ha-ha another one bites the dust!" attitude merely reminded this viewer the author/director didn't care that much about the characters as people, so neither should the viewer

Ratanaruang has made one great movie, though, with Last Life in the Universe, and I will be attempting to ferret out more of his films even though 6ixtynine9 was by turns pointless & ridiculous & nowhere near the excellence of Last Life.
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