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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: December 26, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: IFC
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- [unspecified] - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes (8)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Matt Dillon & Lili Taylor|
|Performer:||Didier Flamand, Fisher Stevens, Adrienne Shelly, Karen Young & Marisa Tomei|
|Directed by||Bent Hamer|
|Edited by||Pal Gengenbach|
|Screenwriting by||Bent Hamer & Jim Stark|
|Composition by||Kristin Asbjornsen|
|Produced by||Jim Stark|
|Director of Photography:||John Christian Rosenlund|
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. Full Review
I just didn't think the comic touches were very subtle and very funny and the other stuff we've just seen before.
Ebert & Roeper
4 stars out of 5 -- It's a slow burn, as pretty as a Hopper painting, with great support from Lili Taylor.
Rating: 3/4 -- Dillon is better now that he's settled into sturdy middle age. He makes more sense; I never got him as a Tiger Beat centerfold. Full Review
Mr. Dillon, wearing a beard and the flushed cheeks of a committed lush, sounds as persuasive as he looks...
New York Times
[I]n its own spare and neatly observed way, this is an exemplary adaptation.
Sight and Sound
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Quite dull, truth be told. As good as Dillon and Taylor are in their roles, making us side with them even as we despise them, there's not a whole lot that happens in a life ruled by the bottle, the butt and the shag. Full Review
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 2004's 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 breathing or eating. The film progresses at a leisurely pace, Dillon's cigarette-and-alcohol-soaked vocal chords provide voiceover narration at appropriate times, and Hamer carefully crafts one of the finest portrayals of Bukowski yet. Set in Minneapolis-St. Paul, which overflows with the depreciated low-rent apartments and cruddy, soul destroying workplaces Bukowski thrived upon, FACTOTUM is an arresting depiction of humanity at its lowest ebb.
- Theatrical Release: August 18, 2006
- Sales Rank: 32,075
- UPC: 796019797351
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
- International Shipping: 1 item
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