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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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Lui-même (Eric Cantona)
Stephanie Bishop ...
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Stefan Gumbs ...
Jess (as Stephan Gumbs)
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Sam
Cole Williams ...
Dylan Williams ...
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Laura Ainsworth ...
Max Beesley Snr ...
Eric's Father (as Maxton Beesley)
Kelly Bowland ...
Ryan's Girlfriend
Julie Brown ...
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Sport

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£366,242 (UK) (12 June 2009)

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

The short film I Dream of Zinedine Zidane (2005) directed by Tim Gee precedes Looking for Eric at elected theaters. It also deals with one man's obsession with a footballer. See more »

Goofs

On the bus going to the raid, the clock reports 12:12. Then, the camera goes on the passengers. When back on the bus clock, it reports 12:38. See more »

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Never knew what hit me
20 September 2009 | by (The Hague, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I went to see this film as a colleague said it was good. I pretty much had no other idea what it was when I entered the theater.

The story is well narrated, put together in the "show not tell" method. You figure it out as you go along.

I found it fascinating on many levels. The character that Cantona plays adds depth and sparkle to the beginning of the story, when it all seems so lack luster. Seeing all the different stories coming together and seeing Eric pull himself together makes for a phenomenal story. At no point was I bored or did I lose interest in the movie.

It was only afterward that I found out who Cantona is and that he was even played by himself. The film completely worked even without knowing this beforehand.

Enjoyable, heartwarming and fascinating - I'll definitely be recommending this to friends.


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