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Looking for Eric

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United Kingdom, France, Italy · 2009
1h 59m
Director Ken Loach
Starring Eric Cantona, Steve Evets, Stephanie Bishop, John Henshaw
Genre Comedy, Drama

Eric is a middle-aged postman and football fanatic who’s been having a rough time ever since his wife left. Suddenly his favorite football player, Eric Cantona of Manchester United, appears and gives him life advice — in his hallucinations. With the philosophical athlete in his corner, Eric may be able to turn his life around.

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Looking for Eric is easily the most commercially accessible of the Loach films I've seen, one of the lightest and least somber. It's also wildly structureless and uneven.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Mr. Loach’s touch is a bit lighter here. “Sweet Sixteen” is a coming-of-age story shot through the lens of social tragedy, while “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” is an epic of historical disaster. Looking for Eric is, by comparison, gentle and sweet and often very funny.

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