After seeing 'Last Life In The Universe' (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's fourth film) I had no choice but to go back and explore his earlier works, and while very different to the endearing Last Life... this is without a shadow of doubt a film of the same high-calibre.
'6ixtynin9' follows a black comedy/ crime thriller formula, wherein an everyday woman named Tum is fired from a financial corporation during the Asia crisis, and is left to return home with no money. However, the next day she finds a box with a small fortune inside at her front door, and decides to keep it. However, the people that left it there realise they dropped it off at the wrong address, because of a mix-up in door numbers, and want it back. From this moment on every character in the film falls into an uncontrolled succession of events that pushes them toward actions that defy their usual sense of morality. It's all handled inventively here, with slow pacing that builds remarkable tension (especially during the latter half of the film), and some great dry humour that always comes out of nowhere - I almost think it should be bought just for the hysterical manicure scene ("What salon was that?"). It should also be noted that the cinematography and performances are dazzling from start to finish also. I can't believe this is the only film Lalita Panyopas has been in.