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Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

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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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The best part of life is living it. See more »


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

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14 August 2014 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Hector e a Procura da Felicidade  »

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

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$1,121,961 (USA) (12 December 2014)
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Simon Pegg and Jean Reno were both in the Mission Impossible movies as part of Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt's spy team. Jean Reno was in Mission: Impossible and Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible lll, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. See more »

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Hector uses computers and more specifically Skype several times to videochat with his girlfriend, yet none of the computers he uses seem to be equipped with the necessary camera or microphone that enables his girlfriend to see and hear him. See more »

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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
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French whimsy with an English touch
7 January 2015 | by (Los Angeles, United States) – See all my reviews

I'd decided on the title for this review before I learnt that the source material was a French novel. That explains a great deal. Hector and the... is a deeply felt, funny, moving, insightful and whimsical look at how we (fail to) make the best of life. The film makes its points adroitly, avoiding (sometimes barely but a miss is as good as a mile)maudlin sentimentality. It's liberally sprinkled with perfect one-liners, acute observations and star cameos but the glue that holds the whole thing together is the relationship between Hector and his girlfriend. It's heartrendingly real. The version that I watched was a full ten minutes shorter than the original runtime and I'd guess that the few dots that failed to join up as needed were a result of that USA audience edit. Another guess would lead me to give the full length cut an eight rather than a seven. Here's the deal. It's a feel-good movie for which you won't need a supply of sick bags. By the end, I felt... happier. Really!


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