Largely based on Charles Bukowski's 1975 novel of the same name, Factotum is a witty and engaging drama from Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories). The film's low-key, deadpan humor, not to mention it's pared-down visual style, certainly brings the work of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismki to mind. Matt Dillion, Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei are wonderful in their roles. In its own understated way, Factotum is as accomplished an effort as Bukowski-scripted Barfly.
Available on DVD from IFC Films/Genius Ent. (Also available in the U.K. [Icon Home Ent.].)
*Extra Features include a making-of-doc shot by a Norwegian crew.