Dillon smacked Bukowski dead on the nose; I wish he could have lived to see his influence. I think this film would have finally sent that message home to him. It seems influential people are limited in their awareness of their influence, as if it is a human impossibility to know one's own worth. I think that saying Bukowski only wrote about the affairs of taverns is like saying Jack London only wrote about dogs.
After Mickey Rourke in 'Barfly', who would attempt to revisit Henry Chinaski, Bukowski's legendary alter ego? The answer is Matt Dillon, in Bent Hamer's adaptation of 'Factotum'. And the result is surprisingly good, if Bukowski's episodic skid row tale of drinking, writing and getting fired from odd jobs is your thing. www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2006/03/19/factotum
A drama/dark comedy about Charles Bukowskis alter egos casual adventures among women and booze. Undoubtly divides opinions but moralistic views towards the main characters alcohol abuse and antipathy against paid work definitely misses the point. The directing, shooting and the rhythm of the film are also incredible. Not to mention the story, from which one should not even try to find any seemable "plot".
I think that Hamer did a great job! Movie budget was only 1$ million!!! First, you should think about how hard it was to adapt Bukowski for a movie. I noticed a lot of amazing stuff in this film, even if there's no some good parts of novel. Also, i love what Jon Rosenlund did with photography. Good lightnings, and a couple of great set designs! Could be better, but they did a fantastic job with kinda funny budget!4/5