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3.2
1,070 Ratings

Factotum

Directed by Bent Hamer
Norway, United States, 2005
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Self-declared aspiring writer Henry Chinaski has neither qualifications, ambition nor ethics. He works as a manual laborer in factories and warehouses in order to subsidize a life of drinking, race-track betting, skirt-chasing, and most of all, writing stories that no publisher will touch

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Factotum Directed by Bent Hamer
This is an acidly funny work, even if the humor is that of a man who drinks to stave off the pain and madness of sobriety. In his finest performance since Drugstore Cowboy, Dillon plays Chinanski with funereal grandiosity, breathing in every particle of his self-destructiveness like a long, slow drag from a cigarette, moving across the screen like a dinosaur trapped in tar.
August 16, 2006
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A marvellously funny, tender, perceptive movie. And, appropriately, it’s blessed with a real love of language.
October 28, 2005
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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 surprising warmth in the often miserabilist scribe’s voice. 
May 14, 2005
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