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Factotum (2005)

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Release Date
 USA: Aug 18, 2006

Budget USD 1,000,000
BoxOffice: $0.6M

Official Website:
Factotum Website

Running Time
1 hour, 34 minutes

Country France, Germany, Sweden, USA, Norway

Production Companies
Bulbul Films, Canal+, Celluloid Dreams, MBP (Germany), Mikado Films, Network Movie Film-und Fernsehproduktion, Norsk Filmfond, Norsk Filmstudio, Norwegian Film Institute, Pandora Filmproduktion, SF Norge A/S, StarkSales Inc., Svensk Filmindustri (SF) AB, ZDF/Arte, arte

Studio IFC Films

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Genre: Comedy

Plot: The life of celebrated wildman Charles Bukowski has been brought to the big screen on a number of occasions prior to this adaptation of his book, FACTOTUM. Most notably, Mickey Rourke played Bukowski's alter-ego Henry "Hank" Chinaski in 1987's BARFLY, while 2004s BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS was a fascinating documentary on the alcohol-fueled writer. This Norwegian production from director Bent Hamer sees Matt Dillon taking on the role of Chinaski. Dillon gets the character just about right, subtly perfecting the deadbeat behavior that leads to innumerable firings from menial jobs, while also offering a persuasive depiction of a man lost in the throes of an addiction to booze, women, and gambling. The crumbs of plot that do exist in FACTOTUM find Chinaski enjoying the sexual wiles of poverty-stricken Jan (Lily Taylor) and rich-girl Laura (Marisa Tomei), but essentially the film is all about one man's long, low meander through a sedentary life. The alcohol frequently gets the better of Chinaski, destroying his chances of becoming a writer, obliterating his job prospects, and curtailing his relationships. But Hamer is careful never to judge Chinaski's habits, simply depositing them on screen and weaving them into the story as if they were as essential to the human condition as

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 Directed by
Bent Hamer
Kitchen Stories
 Written by
Charles Bukowski
Barfly, Storie di ordinaria follia, Bukowski: Born into This
Bent Hamer
Kitchen Stories
Matt Dillon
There's Something About Mary, Crash, Wild Things
Lili Taylor
High Fidelity, Ransom, The Haunting
Marisa Tomei
What Women Want, Anger Management, My Cousin Vinny
Fisher Stevens
Hackers, Short Circuit, Super Mario Bros.
Didier Flamand
The Crimson Rivers, Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys, Chocolat
Adrienne Shelly
Trust, The Unbelievable Truth, Sleep with Me
Thomas Lyons
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