Looking for Eric
Looking for Eric – Movie Review
Eric a football fanatic postman whose life is descending in to crisis receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.
Looking For Eric is the newest film by Ken Loach and the only real complaint I have about it is that you sort of need subtitles because, as is true in most of Ken Loach’s movies, the accents are fairly thick, and since this one was set in Manchester it is even thicker than usual. The story is of a man who works for the post office whose life is falling apart. He is living with two slothful stepsons who seem to be running amok. He used to be the king of the post office and is now going through the motions– all his friends are trying to cheer him up by telling him jokes. Ken Loach also directed The Winds That Shakes the Barley, which is a terrific movie. And Looking For Eric is one of his best movies yet, it is just hard to penetrate the accents. The idea is that Eric, our postman, has in his bedroom a poster of Eric Cantona, which I guess is apparently the best soccer/football player that Manchester had ever seen and he becomes kind of his guardian angel and sort of explains to him what to do. We have seen the plot before that but this is just very well-acted and very fun and Eric Cantona actually plays himself. I give this one five stars, but you may have to take a translator.