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It's a position, all right--but not sexual.
written by talltale June 7, 2005 - 7:55 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Watching 6IXTYNIN9 recently (May '05) offered a little added fun because the film opened for a commercial run at a NYC theatre the same week I viewed it on DVD. Sometimes, the timing and manner in which a movie gets a theatrical release utterly amazes me.

Directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (whose "Last Life in the Universe" comes close to art), this funny, bloody little Thai film tracks a young woman's accidental involvement with gangsters, loot, love and betrayal. Performances are good, and the director keeps the action moving pretty well. It's slight but, in its way, oddly memorable. And, boy, do those corpses pile up.

A Delightful Black Comedy
written by JGerow January 31, 2005 - 12:42 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Pen-ek Ratanaruang's 6ixtynin9 is the most purely enjoyable film I have yet rented from GreenCine. The title refers not to sex but to the comically changing number on the heroine's apartment door, a plot device which may have been stolen by the recent thriller Identity. I was expecting a good film from the director of 2004's Last Life in the Universe, but this laugh-out-loud black comedy grabbed me from the first scene to the closing epigraph. Pen-ek's stylish direction is beautiful to behold, and his intricate plotting sets up echoes and repetitions that left me astonished.

SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!! Lalita Panyopas, who is wonderful as the deadpan Tum, is randomly fired at the beginning. She then finds a mysterious box of money at her doorstep which leads to an ever-increasing pile of corpses. She manages to tenaciously evade both the cops and the gangsters to the very end, but Pen-ek deftly avoids the cliched Hollywood crime-pays ending for a much more reflective finale.

For fans of Asian cinema and particularly the current Thai new wave, this film is a must.


(Average 6.63)
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