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Friday, August 25, 2006

Factotum 

How much you enjoy Factotum will depend on how much you enjoy watching drunk people. More than that, your enjoyment will depend on how much you enjoy watching drunk people speak poetically, or at least in a way that drunks would find poetic. If you think I’m exaggerating, take a look for yourself. At my count, there are two scenes that do not in some way feature alcohol or the consumption thereof. Two, in ninety-four minutes.

Factotum is based on a novel of the same name by Charles Bukowski. If you know Bukowski, then you know what you’re getting into. It’s not inspiring stuff, nor does it aspire to be; it’s also without illumination, which is strange considering how often the main character, a Bukowski proxy named Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon), speaks of secret knowledge and bitter truths.

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