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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.

Director:

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

Certificate:

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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 103063 delivered on 27-11-2009. 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

Eric Bishop: I'm up to here with your philosophy. I'm still getting over the fucking seagulls!
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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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Slight , but Enjoyable
18 June 2009 | by gary-444See all my reviews

A quintessentially English film, but with a Gallic twist, this story should appeal to an audience far beyond the denizens of the Stretford End. In essence, a modest morality tale, a first half which fades dangerously is kick started by a plot development which sees things through to a happy, and satisfying conclusion.

Steve Evets plays, Eric, a down trodden, down on his luck Postman who is saved by his namesake Eric Cantona finding minor redemption from his life's trials and tribulations. Cantona is impressive and convincing, playing himself with a wistful enigmatic quality that legend determines he has.A solid cast includes Everyman Northerner John Henshaw as best mate Meatballs and an enjoyable cameo by Lucy-Jo Hudson as daughter Sam whom many will recognise as Katy from Coronation St.

The humour is wry, rather than laugh-out-loud, and the first half succeeds so well in creating an impoverished, crushed, defeated air that it almost implodes.By contrast,the second half, with a purpose,means the minutes zip along as the pace, dialogue, editing and story advance.The running time at almost two hours gives ample time for the characters to breathe, pretty much a trademark of Director Ken Loach.This work leans more heavily on the verite of his early documentary "Cathy Come Home" than the lushness of The Wind That Shakes The Barley".Yet Cantona lifts proceedings with his every appearance suggesting that a serious film career may beckon.

Authentic, well observed, raw in places, this film puts people first and is faithful to both Northern life, and the enigma which is Cantona.


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