Factotum by Charles Bukowski
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This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling.

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Share this Rating Title: Factotum 6. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Learn more More Like This. Barfly Comedy Drama Romance. Bukowski: Born into This Documentary Biography. Certificate: K Drama. Comedy Drama. O'Horten Eggs Water Easy Reach City of Ghosts Crime Drama Thriller. Jouluksi kotiin Certificate: K Comedy Drama.

Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Matt Dillon Hank Chinaski Lili Taylor Jan Didier Flamand Pierre Fisher Stevens Manny Marisa Tomei Laura Adrienne Shelly Jerry Karen Young Grace Thomas Lyons Old Black Man James Cada Bald Man James Michael Detmar Smithson Kurt Schweickhardt Ice Plant Supervisor Dee Noah Hank's Mother James Noah Hank's Father Michael Egan Edit Storyline Self-declared aspiring writer Hank Chinaski has neither qualifications, ambition nor ethics.

Taglines: What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. Language: English. Filming Locations: St. Runtime: 94 min. Richard Roeper. A movie is not good simply for having a good foundation. The fact that Chinaski can be ably transplanted from the '40s to the early 21st century, and from LA to MN, speaks to his endurance as American literature's preeminent antihero, and Dillon seems to have a firm grip on this notion.

Josh Tyson. A slouching portrait of Bukowski that's likeable, if superficial. Luke Goodsell.

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Factotum is an existentialist indie film about the loneliness of the human condition, which is normally the cinematic equivalent of having a hole drilled in your head. Joshua Starnes.

An understated and atmospheric portrait of the artist as a young booze-hound built around a quiet but magnetic performance by Matt Dillon. Film4 Staff.

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Factotum may refer to: A handyman, employed as a servant; Body man, in U.S. political jargon, a personal assistant to a politician or candidate; Factotum (novel) . Factotum () is the second novel by American author Charles Bukowski. Contents. 1 Plot; 2 Film adaptation; 3 Release details; 4 References; 5 External links.

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Factotum Critics Consensus Matt Dillon's performance is the highlight of this somewhat slow but fascinating portrayal of Charles Bukowski's alter-ego. Want to see. Super Reviewer. View All Photos Movie Info. Norwegian director Bent Hamer follows up his quirky and critically acclaimed Kitchen Stories with a heartbreakingly humorous look at the life of depressive writer Hank Chinaski -- the fictional counterpart of real-life author Charles Bukowski.

Adapted from Bukowski's novel of the same name, Hamer's film follows the perpetually unemployed, alcohol-swilling Chinaski Matt Dillon as he drifts through the city streets in search of a job that won't come between him and his first love, writing. Consistently rejected by the only publishing house he respects but driven to continue by the knowledge that he could do better than the authors they continually publish, Chinaski soon begins sleeping with fellow barfly Jan Lili Taylor , a kindred spirit he meets while drowning his sorrows at a local watering hole.

When Hank eventually gets abandoned by the only woman with whom he is able to relate, a brief fling with gold-digging floozy Laura Marisa Tomei finds him once again falling into a morose state of perpetual drunkenness and unemployment. Brent Hamer , Bent Hamer. Bent Hamer , Jim Stark.

Dec 26, IFC Films. After catching crabs from her, Henry doubles the time prescribed for the cure, badly burning his abdomen, legs and genitals. Having found a janitorial job that starts that night, he lets Jan playfully bandage him to where he can endure clothing. Henry humanely makes sure the bathrooms have enough toilet paper but otherwise shows no penchant for mopping, washing and polishing.

He is fired for sleeping on the job and resumes his reluctant quest for employment. The only job he has enjoyed in life is driving for the Red Cross during the war. He is gaining enthusiasm about driving for Yellow Cab when his criminal record disqualifies him. On the next job, he seduces another secretary, talks with a Frenchman who has met Picasso, and is fired for having sex in the warehouse with a newly hired Japanese woman. It happens that throughout his life Japanese women have held an almost mystical place in his heart. Henry goes through a few more jobs, is evicted, splits with Jan, and uses most of his remaining money to watch an aging stripper whose act cannot get him up.

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He chooses jobs which require minimum effort, be it physical when possible or mental always , because he cannot be bothered. For each Joan of Arc there is a Hitler perched at the other end of the teeter-totter. Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The underbelly of America is encapsulated at the local Greyhound station. Just the spilt guts of a self-aggrandizing louse.

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