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Looking for Eric (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 27 May 2009 (France)
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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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Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Evets ... Eric Bishop
Eric Cantona ... Lui-même (Eric Cantona)
Stephanie Bishop Stephanie Bishop ... Lily
Gerard Kearns ... Ryan
Stefan Gumbs ... Jess (as Stephan Gumbs)
Lucy-Jo Hudson ... Sam
Cole Williams Cole Williams ... Daisy
Dylan Williams Dylan Williams ... Daisy
Matthew McNulty ... Young Eric
Laura Ainsworth Laura Ainsworth ... Young Lily
Max Beesley Snr Max Beesley Snr ... Eric's Father (as Maxton Beesley)
Kelly Bowland Kelly Bowland ... Ryan's Girlfriend
Julie Brown Julie Brown ... Nurse
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Meatballs
Justin Moorhouse ... Spleen
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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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Taglines:

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Italy | Belgium | Spain

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 May 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

À Procura de Eric See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£366,242 (United Kingdom), 12 June 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,743, 16 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,804, 27 June 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Henshaw, who plays a postal worker, is also one of the faces of the national Post Office in the UK. 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 »

Quotes

Unknown: God once said: "Leave your wi... you can change your wife, change your politics, change your religion. But never, never can you change your favourite football team!"
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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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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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heart warming
20 June 2009 | by markgormanSee all my reviews

Don't believe a word of the hype. Looking for Eric is not a Ken Loach comedy. It is, in several places, a very funny film indeed. But it is not a comedy. At a far fetched push you might call it a rom-com or a social satire. Me? I just think it's another brilliant Loachian movie. (Can you believe he's been at it for 45, yes 45, years since he wrote three episodes for z cars)? It's so sad, so desperate in places and then, yes, so funny.

And then there's Eric (Cantona). Ooh ah! And his goals. Ooh la la! And his cod (sorry sardine) philosophising. Oops ah! The Cantona character is inspired, as it is so self-deprecating- not a quality one associates with the French.

I loved this film but why is it so good? I think it's the way Loach makes his characters so utterly believable and, particularly in this movie, sympathetic. And as I always, always say it's because of the writing which is nailed on by long time collaborator Paul Laverty).

One of the back stories, about the elder stepson of Eric the postman (our hero played to perfection by Steve Evets in, I think, his first Loach movie) is really the backbone of the film. The eldest stepson (Gerard Kearns of Shameless fame) gets embroiled in some nasty business with a local gangland thug and threatens to destabilise Eric's whole fragile existence. But what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and that is certainly proved here.

It's a gem. A true Brit movie classic with a wee bit of the Auld Alliance thrown in.

J'adore Eric Cantona!


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