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Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  14 August 2014 (Germany)
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A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.



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A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.

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Sometimes to find yourself you need to get a little lost See more »

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Rated R for language and some brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 2014 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Hector e a Procura da Felicidade  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$40,847 (USA) (19 September 2014)


$1,121,961 (USA) (12 December 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Hector has several Tintin books and posters in his office, and his father also refers to him by his childhood nickname of Tintin. Simon Pegg previously appeared in The Adventures of Tintin (2011). See more »


Agnes' vehicle is a Ford Escape with a body style that was not released until the 2013 model year. Its California license plate, however, starts with 3NQI. California plates are numbered sequentially. 3N* plates were issued to vehicles circa 1996-7. Standard plates like this do not transfer to newer vehicles, but remain with the vehicle even when sold, so this plate could not have been issued to this vehicle. See more »


[first lines]
Hector: [waking suddenly from a nightmare] Clara!
Clara: Hector... Morning, sweetheart. Time to raise and shine.
Hector: [narrating] One upon a time, there was a young psychiatrist called Hector, who had a very satisfactory life. His world was tidy, uncomplicated. And he liked it that way. He took great comfort in its predictable patterns. Patterns his girl friend Clara was happy to maintain.
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Written by Dan Mangan, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen and John Walsh
Performed by 'Dan Mangan' featuring Dave Grohl
Published by Dan Mangan Music (SOCAN)
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introspective; Simon Pegg ... Amazing
26 January 2015 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

After i watched this movie i just felt compelled to write about it, i don't like to use spoilers, i won't deprive anyone from discovering this whole experience, the movie is sublime, with a profound meaning, very human, than i can recommend to all, especially if you are searching for happiness... the story is rich, full of contrasts, the photography maximizes the experience, and the actors are just believable, to say the least, i did believe them all, and also you will believe them, the acting is effortless, they are just great, and one special mention to Simon Pegg, which we all know for the silly roles that he plays, now he will take you through the full range of emotions. my final thought... don't miss it, this is one of these movies that you won't forget. a regular masterpiece.

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