Eric the postman is slipping through his own fingers… His chaotic family, his wild stepsons and the cement mixer in the front garden don’t help, but it is Eric’s own secret that drives him to the brink. Can he face Lily, the woman he once loved 30 years ago?
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Along with Meadows, I feel Loach's work is one of the best combination of drama and comedy there is. There are so few films which interest me thematically, but really make me laugh out loud, and this one of those rare gems. A whole lot of fun!!
A somewhat whimsical search for self amid a familiar Loachian landscape of stymied ambition. The mythic, social-realist contemplation works surprisingly well (odd shades of Harvey) although the social detail is unusually unconvincing with the contrived workmates self-help set-ups. One isn't
much closer to Eric's Id by the end of it although an affirmation of manly friendship cannot be denied.
Beautiful, funny and warm-hearted film about friendship and in a way also about imagination (here: drug-induced). Eric Cantona who plays himself is quite convincing, but Steve Evets is the true star here. A man between suicide and childlike enthusiasm and love for his family and friends. If only it wasn't so damn hard to understand him and his lads...