Factotum

Factotum

Factotum

Bukowski's embarrassingly honest, beatnik, solipsist, alcohol fuelled novel Factotum (n., an employee or assistant who serves in a wide range of capacities). Unpublished but undeterred, Chinaski (Matt Dillon) poetically and prolifically lurches through a succession of dead-end jobs to meet his minimal requirements: getting drunk, getting ladies and gambling at the track. Directed by the entertainingly named Norwegian Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories).

200694 minsUSA, Norway
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This is a wicked film, dead pan and dreamy and unsentimental and just wicked.

5.0
Variety

Variety

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Deadpan timing and ace perfs bring out the morose humor and surprising warmth in the often miserabilist scribe's voice.

Total Film

Total Film

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Dillon evokes a similar mix of angst and soul.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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Shows how this solipsism is a key both to his talent and to his loneliness. Matt Dillon gives a very interesting, studied performance.

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Hamer's take on Bukowski has a hip, latter day 'Beat' sensibility. You want to run out and read the books.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

He's a loser, but the film's a well-oiled winner: richly textured, bittersweet and likely to leave you tipsy with laughter.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Deadpan timing and ace perfs bring out the morose humor and surprising warmth in the often miserabilist scribe's voice.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Dillon evokes a similar mix of angst and soul.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Shows how this solipsism is a key both to his talent and to his loneliness. Matt Dillon gives a very interesting, studied performance.

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Hamer's take on Bukowski has a hip, latter day 'Beat' sensibility. You want to run out and read the books.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

He's a loser, but the film's a well-oiled winner: richly textured, bittersweet and likely to leave you tipsy with laughter.

4.0

This is a wicked film, dead pan and dreamy and unsentimental and just wicked.

5.0