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Looking for Eric

Rated NR 116 min. 2010



Ken Loach's film is the story of Eric Bishop, a middle-aged postal worker whose life is a wreck. Things don't get much easier as Eric realizes that one of his teenage sons has gotten mixed up with a small-time but menacing gangster. Furthermore, some family obligations necessitate Eric reconnecting with his first wife, whom he hasn't seen in decades. All this stress—and the spliffs he tokes nightly—leads to Eric regularly hallucinating that he is visited by his idol, legendary soccer player Eric Cantona. Loach (who directed the 1970 masterpiece Kes) is a maestro at directing kids in peril, which gives the arc about Eric's son a necessary jolt of tension and energy. This well-drawn aspect of the film never meshes with the cornier stuff involving Cantona, but the film is a compassionate portrait of its characters, even if it never quite finds what it's looking for.

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Official Site: www.lookingforericmovie.co.uk

Director: Ken Loach

Writer: Paul Laverty

Producer: Ken Loach

Cast: Matthew McNulty, Eric Cantona, John Henshaw, Smug Roberts, Steve Evets, Stefan Gumbs and Stephanie Bishop

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