Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  

Charles Bukowski is once again brought to the screen with absorbing results. is excellent, if a bit too movie-star polished, as the author’s alter-ego Chinaski, constantly pursuing the dream of getting his writing published while keeping a series of odd jobs to pay rent and buy a long succession of drinks. The engaging, picaresque plot sees him through the variety of failed employments, most of them ending because of his drinking on the job, as well as his adventures with a few women, most of them as bad at the bottle as he is: as a hotel chambermaid whose self-destructive personality makes Chinaski look like Tony Robbins, and as a woman who has no qualms about trading her body for booze. Intelligent direction, a great script and excellent performances make for a highly enjoyable film despite its very depressing circumstances and characters.

Bulbul Films, Canal+, Celluloid Dreams, Factotum, MBP, Mikado Film, Network Movie Film-und Fernsehproduktion, Norsk Filmfond, Norsk Filmstudio, Norwegian Film Institute, Pandora Filmproduktion, SF Norge A/S, StarkSales Inc., ZDF/Arte

Norway/USA/Germany/France/Italy, 2005

Directed by

Screenplay by Bent Hamer, , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Bent Hamer,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by .  

Film Editing by .  

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