|Starring:||Matt Dillon, Didier Flamand, Adrienne Shelly, Marisa Tomei, Marisa Tomei, Tony Lyons, Karen Young, Lili Taylor, Fisher Stevens|
|Studio:||ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Apr 2006|
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hipBy andyknifton (98 reviews) from London , 30 Nov 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]After a luxurious and extravagant feast at the fabulously exclusive west end luncheonette pizza hut, I chipped down to the Curzon Soho to check out the adaptation of Factotum a book by solitary poet laureate of skid row Charles Bukowski. Its basically the story of an almost homelessly broke alcoholic writer drinking his way through a series of horrible jobs and grimy romances.
It was cracking.
Matt Dillon made an excellent Hank Chinaski, despite the potential for the character to be portrayed as either pitiful or loathsome, he brought a genuine warmth to the role. He moved and sounded exactly the way I imagined he should. He had Chinaski's world-weary monologue, and exasperated lumbering shuffle down. The only criticism that could realistically be made is that Dillon is just too attractive to be Chinaski (despite Dillon bulking up and looking as shabby and browbeaten as possible), but I think that the quality of his performance negates this issue (some of the flats he lives in dont quite look sh*tty enough either, but f**k it). The actresses performing the roles of the various bar wenches that our louche Lothario picks up are also superb; Lili Taylors twitchily desperate Jan, and Marisa Tomeis boozy gold digger living off of a slimy old man are both portrayed very convincingly.
Also on hand are a rotten chorus of gamblers, bums, agitated bosses, and sleazy b*stards. As a portrayal of grinding monotony and near poverty some may find this slow and depressing, but I found it funny, real, and engaging.
After the film I immediately nabbed a copy of post office.
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Another tale of ordinary madnessBy Kermode (39 reviews) from Aberdare , 15 Jan 2007Having finished the novel the
day of seeing this movie,it is a very faithful adaption with whole conversations lifted from the book,which really works. Matt Dillon gets inside the charactor of Hank, excellent casting, only possibly Ray Liota or Michael
Madson, could be in the frame to give that genuine air
of danger and edge. Setting the film in the new millenium
really works as well. Excellent
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An OK time-fillerBy nikdubrov (61 reviews) from Nr Wigan , 12 Jan 2007Halfway through couldn't make up my mind whether I wanted to go on watching or turn the film off. It had a certain relentlessness which made me want to find out how the main character ended up - but the ending when it came was out of the blue - and in a way welcome after 75 minutes. I enjoyed the performances very much - but one of the things that helped add interest were the
occasional bedroom scenes -none of which in fact
seemed to be designed for more than a bit of titillation.
An OK film - but one to watch when your demands are fairly low and you don't need to exercise your brain too much - if at all!
Career-defining Performance From DillonBy StevieJay from Lancaster, England , 10 Nov 2006I was unfamiliar with Charles Bukowski before I watched Factotum and, having sat through it, I am hardly inspired to rush out to my local library to source his lifes volumes. Maybe thats a little harsh because the bittersweet narrative is actually pretty satisfying and this must be Matt Dillons career-defining performance. His portrayal of a man driven by his inherent need to write and drink (with drifting employment being nothing more than the means by which he can support the 2) is effortless and we end up sympathising on several levels with a character who, at face value, has little to offer the World. The ending is particularly poignant. A 2-star movie with a 4-star performance from Dillon.
Funny, engaging and greatly playedBy a customer from Derby , 09 Nov 2006I loved this, my wife thought it was boring. Matt Dillong was great and I found him very amusing. The supporting cast were great in a very unflattering film the kind of which you don't see very often.
Cheap shotBy Jon Stark from London, England , 29 Sep 2006If you've never read Bukowski...don't rent this movie. If you've read some Bukowski...don't rent this movie. If you've read a lot of Bukowski...don't rent this movie.This movie has managed to overlook everything about Bukowski's writing that makes it great writing. It's as if a bunch of college kids got together and selected the most banal elements of the writing, discarding the dark-beauty in it. This movie reads like a series of cheap sketches and I implore you to ignore it. Unfortunately the film Barfly isn't available here: it's a grittier, more thoughtful treatment of Bukowski's writing and stands higher on every level. Be warned.