Norwegian director Bent Hamer ("Kitchen Stories") mines the rich literary soil of poet/novelist Charles Bukowski to issue forth a piquant cinematic showcase for Bukowski’s talent and [however much] self-inflicted malaise of booze, tobacco, and sleaze.
Set amongst Minneapolis’ gray streets of factories and warehouses, the story attends Matt Dillon as Bukowski-alter-ego Henry Chinaski in his struggles to hold down any kind of job to support his addiction to alcohol and loose women.
A "factotum" is a person employed to do all kinds of work or business. Matt Dillon plays against type opposite a beautifully weathered Lily Taylor.
"Factotum" is an understated celebration of Bukowski and America’s working class victims, or slaves as they are more accurately abused.
Rated R. 94 mins. (B) (Three Stars)