The collaboration between one of our most fertile film directors and the most enigmatic footballer ever to grace a British pitch was always going to produce fascinating results.
And Ken Loach's Looking for Eric, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, by many accounts, hits the back of the net. The film also reveals what the former Manchester United player got up to during his nine-month suspension from football in 1995.
Apparently, he took up playing the trumpet. We knew the Frenchman had ambitions in the fields of acting, philosophy and martial arts. But his musical goals were hitherto unknown.
But then perhaps we should not be surprised. As Cantona once remarked: "I try to find different ways of expressing myself. Without that I will die". This is one talented individual who, one suspects, will go on blowing his own trumpet to an appreciative British audience for many years to come.