Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Own Goals for Reckless Eric

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Own Goals for Reckless Eric

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FRENCH FILM Cert 15, 88 mins .. .. .. .. .

JACKIE Oudney's romantic comedy about English and French sexual mores has a nice scene at London's National Film Theatre, as the BFI Southbank was once more satisfactorily called. Hugh Bonneville, one of the four troubled lovers at the film's centre, interviews Grimaldi, a self-important French director, on the importance of his work. The sillier the director gets, the more a fawning audience applauds -- which is often par for the course.

The fact that the director is played by a bearded Eric Cantona -- one of Manchester United's best ever players who, before he became an actor, was given to make philosophical remarks about the game that no one could decipher -- adds spice to the sequence. Here, his gnomic pronouncements about love are similarly obscure.

Bonneville's character, Jed, is in an on-off relationship with Cheryl (Victoria Hamilton). When they seek counselling from another French expert on love -- a psychiatrist this time -- he decides that Bonneville only proposed to his live-in lover after 10 years because he didn't actually love her. …

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