Looking For Eric

Looking For Eric
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 2h 26min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Written by: Paul Laverty
  • Cast: Eric Cantona, Steve Evets, Lucy-Jo Hudson, Matthew McNulty, Gerard Kearns, Stephanie Bishop, John Henshaw, Stefan Gumbs

Shot without frills, this sentimental, feel good comedy is much less conspicuously political than Loach's previous films. It centres upon protagonist Eric Bishop (Evets), a middle-aged Mancunian postman, who is prone to panic attacks. Gazing up one night over a spliff at a bedroom poster of Cantona, Eric is amazed to see the Frenchman appear, and Cantona proceeds to act as a life coach to the mixed-up Eric.

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Looking For Eric

4 Aug 2009

Ken Loach does love, delusion and footballers

Last chance to catch Ken Loach’s pleasing comedy of love, delusion and platitude-quoting retired footballers on the big screen. Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 7-Mon 10 Aug.

Looking for Eric

11 Jun 20093 stars

COMEDY/DRAMA Could Ken Loach finally be mellowing in his eighth decade? For years the socialist director has been British cinema’s most consistently political filmmaker, illuminating how the dreams of his working class characters are inevitably thwarted…

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