Dan Mangan: When Professor Coreman is giving in his lecture and the camera pans across the audience, Dan Mangan, who wrote and performed much of the soundtrack, is sitting in the front row, just stage left of the aisle. See more »
Hector's journey into work at the very beginning of the film is geographical chaos. Initially it shows him in the City of London (north of the Thames) on Paternoster Square, then he's immediately crossing the Millennium Bridge south to north, heading again into the City. His office is shown in the shadow of the Shard (south of the Thames) and then when he's picked up from work by his gf, he's once again in the City. See more »
[waking suddenly from a nightmare]
Hector... Morning, sweetheart. Time to raise and shine.
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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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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