Looking for Eric (2009)

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Eric, a football fanatic postman whose life is descending into crisis, receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lui-même (Eric Cantona)
Stephanie Bishop ...
Stefan Gumbs ...
Jess (as Stephan Gumbs)
Cole Williams ...
Dylan Williams ...
Maxton G. Beesley ...
Eric's Father (as Maxton Beesley)
Kelly Bowland ...
Ryan's Girlfriend
Julie Brown ...
John Henshaw ...
Justin Moorhouse ...


Eric Bishop, a middle-aged postman working for the Manchester sorting office, is going through a dreadful crisis. For starters, his second life companion has not resurfaced although she was released from prison a few months ago. He is left alone with two stepsons to look after, which is no bed of roses since the two teens disrespect him and keep disobeying him. To make matters worse, Ryan, the older boy, fascinated by Zac, a dangerous gangster, has accepted to hide his gun in Eric's house. On the other hand, he is asked by Sam, his student daughter who has a newborn baby,to get back in touch with Lily, his separated wife. Now, Eric left her not long after she gave back to their daughter. As a result Eric panics... Having lost all his bearings, Eric Bishop soliloquizes face to the poster of his idol, another Eric, French footballer Eric Cantona, when the latter appears just like the genie out of Aladdin's lamp. Through a series of aphorisms peculiar to him, the footballer-philosopher ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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To win back the love of his life, Eric's going to need a little training.


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Release Date:

27 May 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Barátom, Eric  »

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Opening Weekend:

£366,242 (UK) (12 June 2009)


$55,804 (USA) (25 June 2010)

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Eric: The noblest revenge is to forgive.
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Crazy Credits

Credits include footage of the press conference where Eric Cantona gives his famous "seagulls" quote. See more »


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soccer meets philosophy
30 June 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The recent World Cup in South Africa brought everyone's attention to soccer (which most of the world calls football), but movies such as "Bend It Like Beckham" and "Looking for Eric" show why we should pay more attention to it. The Fall's Steve Evets plays down-on-his-luck postman Eric Bishop, who in his mind gets advice from footballer Eric Cantona (playing himself). Through this, Eric reconnects with his family. But when his son gets involved with a group of thugs, Eric has to take charge.

This is only the third Ken Loach film that I've seen (the others were "Poor Cow" and "Kes"). As I understand it, Loach usually focuses on political topics in his movies. While this one isn't really political, it's still one that I strongly recommend. Everything about it feels so realistic. I'd never even heard of Eric Cantona before this. Without a doubt, the best scene in the movie is the home invasion towards the end.

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