Factotum


Cast: Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei
Director: Bent Hamer
Certificate: Cert 15, 93 mins,

Taken from a book by Charles Bukowski about his own wild child exploits as a drunken bum and womaniser, Matt Dillon plays writer Henry Chinaski (get the link with CB ?) and he plays the barfly bum to perfection in a role that demands an actor to play someone just out to inspire himself through drink and selfish womanising. Its not original, we’ve seen actors play parts like this quite often over the years, most notably in Barfly which of course was also based on a Bukowski novel.

Dillon is good and gets able support from Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei in Norwegian Bent Hamer’s first English language film which certainly begs the question – was there much to this seedily driven writer beyond the desire to stretch the limits of an alcohol-infused liver ? Following that of course will be the question, do you care enough to want to part with your money to see it ? The answer perhaps being that those most likely to, will be those that like to see the underbelly of America, the lounge bum side of the American dream and those that like their humour black and will happily retire to the bar for a few drinks and smokes after taking in a film about flawed genius.

Matt Arnoldi

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