Looking for Eric
wonderful comedy drama is directed by Ken Loach and even stars
Manchester United Soccer legend Eric Cantona. The story revolves around
Eric Bishop (Steve Evets), a man who is not only about to lose his
sanity but also any normality of a life as his second wife has left him
and now he must contend with not only his life falling apart but also
his two step sons. Eric does what any sane or crazy man would do, seek
guidance through his hero, Eric Cantona, football legend and more
specifically, the philosopher that he is looking for. Of course, there
is a catch to this!
Although this movie is a drama, it's more of a situational comedy,
revolving around key events in the life of Eric Bishop, a middle aged
postman who is only left with one love in his, that of the Manchester
United football club.
is also paying for his past sins and when he walked out on his first
wife over thirty years ago, he must now step up and become the
grandfather and more specifically the father ne never wanted to be and
seeing his daughter 30-years later is not something Eric wishes to
Thankfully Eric is supported by some great friends at the postal
service, especially Meatballs (John Henshaw) who is like a big brother
to Eric and is trying everything humanly possible to get him out of the
doldrums. Through meditation, they reach their inner spiritual guide and
for Eric, that is Eric Cantona which begins his journey of craziness.
course, only Eric can communicate with his hero, no one else can see or
hear him which makes this film so endearing that is sad, funny and only
a wee bit predictable. It's an engaging comedy drama that is witty and
extremely cleverly written that will bring a smile and a tear to even
the most staunchest of movie connoisseurs.
Although the Blu-ray version contains a plethora of special features,
the DVD version only contains audio commentary by director Ken Loach
which does give you a unique insight into the world of Eric Bishop. Even
so, it's a great way to finish the journey of Eric Bishop.