Factotum (2005)

Based on various writings and also some biographical information of author Charles Bukowski, Factotum gives us an insight into both the genius and tragedy of an author without any connection to real life.

Hank can't hold a job for more than a few days, sometimes just a few hours. As he bounces between different jobs, apartments, and hotel rooms he writes short stories and mails them to magazines hoping that one will get published. His life is coloured with odd characters and fueled by alcohol.

The film captures the essence of Hank's aimless life by being quite aimless itself. There is little redemption and little hope in the film, though a spark of life, driven mainly by the writing and an attitude of disconnect with earthly possessions and relationships, is maintained throughout.


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