Looking for Eric (2009)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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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 in Looking for Eric (2009)
  • Eric Cantona and Steve Evets in Looking for Eric (2009)
  • Eric Cantona and Steve Evets in Looking for Eric (2009)
  • Steve Evets and John Henshaw in Looking for Eric (2009)
  • Looking for Eric (2009)
  • Steve Evets in Looking for Eric (2009)

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30 June 2010 | lee_eisenberg
| soccer meets philosophy
The recent World Cup in South Africa brought everyone's attention to soccer (which most of the world calls football), but movies such as "Bend It Like Beckham" and "Looking for Eric" show why we should pay more attention to it. The Fall's Steve Evets plays down-on-his-luck postman Eric Bishop, who in his mind gets advice from footballer Eric Cantona (playing himself). Through this, Eric reconnects with his family. But when his son gets involved with a group of thugs, Eric has to take charge.

This is only the third Ken Loach film that I've seen (the others were "Poor Cow" and "Kes"). As I understand it, Loach usually focuses on political topics in his movies. While this one isn't really political, it's still one that I strongly recommend. Everything about it feels so realistic. I'd never even heard of Eric Cantona before this. Without a doubt, the best scene in the movie is the home invasion towards the end.

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