(From Western Daily Press)
B RITISH director Ken Loach shot his latest bittersweet slice of life in Manchester and scores possibly his most mainstream, feel- good hit to date - except perhaps in Liverpool. With a pivotal dramatic role for both Manchester United Football Club and its fondly remembered Gallic superstar, Eric Cantona, Looking For Eric could stick in the craw of the Anfield faithful .
For everyone else, this heartfelt coming-of- middle-age story, penned by Loach's longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, finds emotional truth and earthy humour in the simple story of a single father struggling to raise two stepsons.
The introduction of the eponymous footballer - a figment of the central character's imagination - provides an unusual catalyst for the subsequent journey of self-discovery and self-realisation.
"He who is afraid to throw the dice will never throw a six," proclaims the phantom Eric in typically cryptic fashion.
"I'm up to here with your philosophy," replies his protege. "I'm still getting over the bloody seagulls!" The …