Looking for Eric

Looking for Eric

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Brit comedy-drama from veteran filmmaker Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Navigators). Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes 2009. More

Eric (Steve Evets) the postman is in a slump. His wife has gone, his stepsons are out of control and the house was chaotic even before a cement mixer appeared in the front garden. Life is crazy enough, but it is Eric's own secret that is driving him to the brink. How can he face up to Lily (Stephanie Bishop), the woman of his dreams that he once loved and walked out on many years ago? Despite the misplaced goodwill of his mates, Eric continues to sink. In desperate times it takes a spliff and a special friend to help a lost postman find his way, so Eric turns to his hero: footballing genius, philosopher and poster boy, Eric Cantona.

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2009Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language, drug use116 minsUK, Italy, Belgium, Spain, France
ComedyDramaSport
Director:
Ken Loach ('The Navigators', 'Ae Fond Kiss...', 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley')
Writer:
Paul Laverty
Cast:
Steve EvetsEric CantonaStephanie BishopGerard KearnsStefan Gumbs

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Looking for Eric | Reviews

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Variety

Variety

No prior knowledge of either English soccer or one of its greatest stars of the '90s, French-born Eric Cantona, is necessary to go "Looking for Eric." But helmer Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty's ninth feature together is a curious hybrid: Three movies -- boilerplate, socially aware Loach; personal fantasy; romantic comedy -- wrap around a central core of a hopeless soccer fanatic who's given a second chance to sort out his life. As in many of Laverty's scripts, problems of overall tone and character development aren't solved by Loach's easygoing direction, though when it works, "Eric" has many incidental pleasures.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

But even when things get really serious, Loach retains a firm grip on the tone of film, which is as close to the tone of real life as a film can get; it's funny one minute, deadly serious the next. The story of Eric's redemption and the changes that the combination of the two Erics trigger, is both satisfying and beautifully crafted. Looking for Eric is a worthwhile quest, and finding him is painful but ultimately joyous.

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Total Film

Total Film

With less of the grit but still plenty of the earthy humour Loach is renowned for, this walks the indie/ commercial line with assurance.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Great jokes and fine comic performances in a real crowd-pleaser from Ken Loach.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Play It Again, Eric... Ken Loach perfectly captures the feeling of football and the need for hope. Touching and hilarious — a blinder.

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Looking for Eric | Release Details

Looking for Eric is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV.