Factotum

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Released 2005

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Director:
Bent Hamer
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Factotum is the acclaimed drama taken from Charles Bukowski's loosely autobiographical novel of the same name, which is an inside and comical look at the life of a struggling artist. Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon, There's Something About Mary, The Outsiders, Wild Things) is a wistful writer who wants nothing but to be able to pursue his art absent the obligation of earning bum paychecks to pay the rent. To this end, he stays at whatever job he's at ' pickle bottling factory in one instance ' until he can tolerate it no longer and then goes on to the next. During this nomadic existence, he loses himself in benders of boozing, broading and general debauchery to keep him sane as he goes on from one outrageous episode to the next. He keeps a regular girl, Jan (Lili Taylor, The Haunting, Say Anything, Ransom) around for recreational sex and they become something of a strange support system for one another. Also starring Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny).moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Like the film itself, Mr. Dillon's performance works through understatement.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The result is a surprisingly satisfying film, true to Bukowski and itself, a work that manages to make the man and his profane world more palatable without compromising on who he w...

  • 60

    Variety

    Arguably one of the best adaptations of Bukowski's work, even compared with Bukowski's own script for 1997's "Barfly," deadpan timing and ace perfs bring out the morose humor and s...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Biography, Independent, Dark Comedy