Looking for Eric

Synopsis: Eric Bishop, a middle-aged postman working for the Manchester sorting office, is going through a dreadful crisis. For starters, his second life companion has not resurfaced although she was released from prison a few months ago. He is left alone with two stepsons to look after, which is no bed of roses since the two teens disrespect him and keep disobeying him. To make matters worse, Ryan, the older boy, fascinated by Zac, a dangerous gangster, has accepted to hide his gun in Eric's house. On the other hand, he is asked by Sam, his student daughter who has a newborn baby, to get back in touch with Lily, his separated wife. Now, Eric left her not long after she gave back to their daughter. As a result Eric panics... Having lost all his bearings, Eric Bishop soliloquizes face to the poster of his idol, another Eric, French footballer Eric Cantona, when the latter appears just like the genie out of Aladdin's lamp. Through a series of aphorisms peculiar to him, the footballer-philosopher w
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Ken Loach
Production: IFC Films
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

Nurse. What time is it?

- It's 4:
00 in the morning.

- Four o'clock? Jesus.

Try and sleep.

Listen, I'm really sorry about

all the fuss. I'm really sorry, yeah.

I don't know what got into me, nurse.

Eric, nobody's been hurt.

You're not hurt.

Everything's all right.

Listen, I got an early shift.

Can you get me clothes for me,

please, nurse?

You won't be going anywhere.

- Eric, it's all right.

- Can you get me clothes, please?

- Try and relax. Just lie down.

- I can't be late for work, nurse.

- It's okay.

- I can't be late.

It's all right.

I can't be late for work, nurse.

- It's okay.

- Can you get me clothes, please?

- You get to sleep. You get to sleep.

- I can't be late.

- I can't be late.

- It's okay.

Oh, Lily, I'm so sorry.

Oh, God, Lily, I'm so sorry.

You take it easy.

All right, Eric?

God, what have you been up to,

you dipstick?

- Ah, I know, I know.

- You give us a right scare, you know?

Something let go.

- Did you get any broken bones or owt?

- No, no, no, no, no.

- Has he been giving you any trouble?

- I haven't. Have I?

- No, model patient. Been fine.

- Can be a bit of a bugger him, you know.

Guinness Book of Records, eh?

You what?

Three thousand times

round the same roundabout.

It's a career change, isn't it?

From postman to astronaut.

I was daydreaming.

You went round the wrong fucking way.

- You're lucky somebody wasn't killed.

- Don't. Don't.

A good night's kip

and I'll be as fit as a butcher's dog.

Where's me car?

It's like you. It's fucked.

What about the police?

I've had a word with them.

They've gotta make a report, but I don't

think they're gonna take it any further

due to your psychological condition.

Eric, if there's anything you need,

anything at all,

give me a shout, d'you hear?

Any time. Day or night. All right?

Aye. Cheers, mate. Thanks.

All right. We've just dropped

the gear off.

The van'll be here in about an hour.

Can you let Ryan know, please?

Cheers, mate.

Listen, I told you

no more of your shit here.

It's only gonna be for a few hours,

mate. What's the problem?

How the f*ck have you got in anyway?

Fucking hell.

F*ck's sake.

Hey, did you give

those two pricks a key?

- What?

- Those two jokers who just walked out.

- Did you give them a key?

- What you on about?

What have I told you about

giving the key to people?

- You hear me?

- Yeah.

- Who are you?

- Oh, I just live here, love.

Oh, are you Ryan's stepdad?

- Yeah.

- Oh.

I want that shit downstairs

moving as soon as possible.

And I won't tell you again, right?


No need to shout.


For God's sake, Jess. It's nearly

two o'clock, for Christ's sakes.

Get up for school. You're late.

- It's the middle of the afternoon.

- So what, man?

Will you get up for school?

Oh, just leave me alone.

I'm trying to sleep.

Will you get up, Jess?

Obviously, I'm not going to

school if I'm in bed, am I?

God, leave me alone.

Right, well, I'll just

clear up for you, shall I?

- Eh? I'll just...

- Oi, knobhead.

Who the fucking hell are you?

Look, Jess, will you sort this out?

It's not a bleeding doss-house.

- Trying to get me head down.

- I'm just sick of it, I am.

- What the...

- Who the f*ck are you, you prick?

- Pardon me?

- Who the f*ck are you?

Who the f*ck am I?

I'll tell you who the f*ck I am.

I'm fucking room service!

Do you wish to register

a fucking complaint?

Look at my room, man!

Look, just go away. Move!

F*ck off. I'm trying to sleep.

Piss off, man.

Look at my room.

Look at my room!

Fucking sick of it!

Fucking get it sorted.

- I'm up to here with it!

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Paul Laverty

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