Looking for Eric (image 1)

An extraordinary piece of magic realism for a director who usually specialises in impeccable art house grit.

James Christopher, The Times

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Looking for Eric 2009

Directed by Ken Loach

Direct from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Ken Loach in laughter mode, featuring Steve Evets as a messed-up postman who receives spiritual guidance from none other than soccer idol Eric Cantona.

Belgium / France / Italy / Spain / UK In English
116 minutes 35mm

Director

Producer

Rebecca O'Brien

Screenplay

Paul Laverty

Photography

Barry Ackroyd

Editor

Jonathan Morris

Production designer

Fergus Clegg

Costume designer

Sarah Ryan

Sound

Ray Beckett

Music

George Fenton

With

Steve Evets (Eric Bishop)
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Eric Cantona (Eric Cantona)
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John Henshaw (Meatballs)
,
Stephanie Bishop (Lily)
,
Gerard Kearns (Ryan)
,
Lucy-Jo Hudson (Sam)
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Stefan Gumbs (Jess)
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Justin Moorhouse (Spleen)
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Des Sharples (Jack)
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Greg Cook (Monk)

Elsewhere

“‘I am not a man. I am Cantona!’ says the former Manchester United star, now an actor - this time playing himself in Ken Loach's new comedy. He is a kind of fantasy figure who comes to the aid of Eric, a troubled postman who has always worshipped him from afar. Our postman hero has a chaotic life. He lives alone with wild and wilful stepsons but still loves the woman he fell for more than 30 years ago... All his footballing mates would like to help him. But it is Cantona who sits on his bed, shares a smoke with him and tells him to take a few more risks in life. In typical Cantona style he tells Eric: ‘He who is afraid to throw the dice will never throw a six,’ which is marginally more comprehensible than some of his pronouncements during his often controversial playing days... Cantona, playing himself for the first time, never overcooks his part, though Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs fans may not be entirely convinced of either his modesty or wisdom. Steve Evets is splendid as our harried postman, and the group of football maniacs – deliciously led by John Henshaw – give Loach and Paul Laverty, his regular writer, the chance to make us laugh without seeming patronising. That, of course, is Loach's forte. You feel he really likes his characters and finds it hard to portray real villains unless they are as middle-class as he is. This is the nearest he will ever get to a feelgood movie, and may well become one of his most successful.” — Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard

“A tender comedy about modern male alienation and disappointment that sprinkles a little fantasy – and not a few laughs – into the harsh real world.” — Dave Calhoun, Time Out