Rated NR · 116 minutes · 2009

Comedy drama
Ken Loach is best known for his working-class stories and the humanity of his films. With Looking for Eric, he uses low-end digital video, flat lighting and cheesy music to peer into the low-end, flat and cheesy life of postal worker Eric Bishop. Bishop is a huge fan of retired soccer star Eric Cantona, and when Bishop’s life is disrupted by the reappearance of his ex-wife, he starts seeing visions of his idol. Cantona plays himself, and if you’re a big Eric Cantona fan, you’ll enjoy these sequences. If, like most of humanity, you have no idea who Eric Cantona is, then Looking for Eric will be to you what a documentary on Elvis would be to a 14th-century Franciscan monk. There’s nice dialogue, though some of it is rendered incomprehensible by the British working-class accents—and then suddenly, halfway through a film about feelings, there’s a crazy plot about a gun, a gangster and four-dozen postal workers wearing Eric Cantona masks. If you can look past one awful plot decision, hard-to-understand accents and low-end technical execution, you’ll find a nice story about a middle-age man pushing his way through life. But that’s a lot to get past.

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Director: Ken Loach
Producer: Tim Cole and Rebecca O'Brien
Cast: Steve Evets, Eric Cantona, Stephanie Bishop, Gerard Kearns, Stefan Gumbs, Lucy-Jo Hudson, Cole Williams, Dylan Williams, Matthew McNulty, Laura Ainsworth, Max Beesley and Kelly Bowland


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Indy Week Ken Loach's Looking for Eric Looking for Eric is a compassionate, occasionally tender portrait of its characters, even if it never quite finds what it's looking for. by Nathan Gelgud 06/09/2010
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