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Hector and the Search for Happiness -- Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.
Hector and the Search for Happiness -- A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.
Hector and the Search for Happiness -- A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.
Hector and the Search for Happiness -- A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.
Hector and the Search for Happiness -- An eccentric London psychiatrist sets out on a global quest to discover what makes people happy.

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Director:
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Maria von Heland (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
14 August 2014 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Everyone wants to find it. See more »
Plot:
A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
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Cast

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Simon Pegg ... Hector

Rosamund Pike ... Clara

Tracy Ann Oberman ... Pathetic Jane

Jean Reno ... Diego Baresco

Veronica Ferres ... Anjali

Barry Atsma ... Michael

Ming Zhao ... Ying Li

Togo Igawa ... Old Monk

Christopher Plummer ... Professor Coreman
Bruce Fontaine ... Malcolm

Chad Willett ... Alan
Bernard Cuffling ... Professor Niedorf

Jakob Davies ... Young Hector

Chris Gauthier ... Roger
Dean Paul Gibson ... Joyless Husband

Michael Adamthwaite ... Queen's Guard

Vincent Gale ... Clara's Boss

Gabrielle Rose ... French Proprietress
Thorsten Wedekind ... Stressed German
Eileen Barrett ... Joyless Wife
Alexa Damián ... Business Class Stewardess #1
Malcolm Boddington ... Doorman

Stellan Skarsgård ... Edward
Gribunina Marina ... Passport Control
Megan White ... Business Class Stewardess #2
Ingrid Lin ... Little Girl at Airport
Ana Trujic ... Economy Class Stewardess
Wang Qiong ... Chinese Club Manager
Neil Li ... Hotel Receptionist

Aaron Le ... Young Monk
Joo Kyeong Lee ... Shanghai Airport Ticket Lady
S'Thandiwe Kgoroge ... Marie Louise
Christine Le Bronq ... Old Lady African Airport
Anthony Oseyemi ... Marcel

Dalias Blake ... Bartender
Sebelethu Bonkolo ... Baruti
Hlubi Mboya ... Pretty Cousin
Mary Twala ... Grim Granny
Sam Medupe ... Taxi Driver
Charles Baloyi ... Carjacker #1
Senzo Vilakazi ... Carjacker #2
Akin Omotoso ... African Boss
Walter Chukwu ... African Party Band Singer
Abraham's Seed ... African Party Band

Tessa Jubber ... First Class Passenger

Sivan Raphaely ... Stewardess - LA Flight (as Sivan Raphedy)
Gys de Villiers ... Pilot

Toni Collette ... Agnes
Chantel Herman ... Dying Woman on Plane

Hannah Longworth ... Daisy

Aiden Longworth ... Jack
Elizabeth McLaughlin ... Coreman's Assistant
Jordan Schartner ... Evil Plane Assassin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Doyle ... Commuter (uncredited)
Miroslav Karel ... Airport Tourist (uncredited)

Raj Lal ... Bartender (uncredited)

Marcus Shakesheff ... Office Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Chelsom 
 
Writing credits
Maria von Heland (screenplay) and
Peter Chelsom (screenplay) &
Tinker Lindsay (screenplay)

François Lelord (novel "Le voyage d'Hector ou la recherche de bonheur")

Produced by
John Albanis .... co-producer
Christian Angermayer .... producer
Kim Arnott .... executive producer
Mohammed Hans Dastmaltchi .... associate producer
Hilary Davis .... associate producer
Klaus Dohle .... producer
Trish Dolman .... producer
Daniel Ehrenberg .... assistant producer
Veronica Ferres .... co-producer
Marc Gabizon .... co-producer
Dylan Mohan Gray .... producer: Sparkwater India
Rumana Gray .... producer: Sparkwater India
Christine Haebler .... producer
Klemens Hallmann .... executive producer
Marc Hansell .... executive producer
Peter Hermann .... line producer
Phil Hope .... executive producer
Phil Hunt .... producer
Stephen Kelliher .... associate producer
Nina Maag .... co-producer
Jens Meurer .... executive producer
Anup Poddar .... line producer: India
Yasin Qureshi .... associate producer
Markus Reinecke .... associate producer
Compton Ross .... producer
Elliot Ross .... executive producer
Fenella Ross .... executive producer
Judy Tossell .... producer
Brad Van Arragon .... line producer
Amelie von Kienlin .... co-producer
Jona Wirbeleit .... second assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Dan Mangan 
Jesse Zubot 
 
Cinematography by
Kolja Brandt 
 
Film Editing by
Claus Wehlisch 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Judy Lee 
Tricia Wood 
 
Production Design by
Michael Diner 
 
Art Direction by
Laurel Bergman 
Emilia Roux 
 
Set Decoration by
James Willcock 
 
Costume Design by
Guy Speranza 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Carroll .... key hair stylist
Dorothee Deichmann .... 1st assistant make up artist: Vancouver
Monica Huppert .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dominik Bollen .... post-production supervisor
Natacha Devillers .... production manager (China)
Cheryl Eatock .... production manager: Africa
Christopher Kulikowski .... post-production supervisor: for Relativity Media
Jim O'Grady .... production manager
Michael Williams .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paula Antil .... third assistant director
Paul Barry .... first assistant director
Jan Bernotat .... first assistant director: Bavaria
Andrew Thomas Mckenzie .... assistant director: uk
Philip Nee Nee .... second assistant director
Amanda Petura .... trainee assistant director
Laura Wootton .... assistant director: uk
 
Art Department
John Beatty .... construction coordinator
Shannon Courte .... art department coordinator
Shannon Courte .... graphic designer
Colin J. Czarnecki .... set dresser
Robert J. Dugdale .... artist
Kate Hilson .... graphic designer
Thabiso David Mohapi .... key stand by props
Garry Moore .... standby carpenter
Emilia Roux .... art supervisor: South Africa
Hannah Rowan .... props assistant
Maggie Wilson .... property master
Renata Zaleska .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Felix Andriessens .... sound editor (adr editor)
Alexej Ashkenazy .... dialogue recordist
Adrian Baumeister .... dialogue editor
Colette D. Dahanne .... sound editor
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Michael Hough .... boom operator
Tim Limer .... sound recordist
Mark Noda .... sound mixer
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Markus Stemler .... sound designer
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Bitters .... special effects supervisor: South Africa
Alex Burdett .... special effects supervisor
Terence J. Cox .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Matthias Albrecht .... digital film editor
Maren Dolzmann .... visual effects coordinator
Alexandra Fried .... visual effects artist
Ricardo José Rodrigues Fugueiredo .... visual effects artist
Sebastian Göhs .... digital colorist
Markus Hauf .... compositing supervisor
Stefan Kessner .... visual effects supervisor
Julia Kietzmann .... visual effects artist
Tim Markgraf .... visual effects artist
Jan Meckes .... visual effects artist
Thomas Ramin .... technical director: CinePostproduction
Max Stolzenberg .... cg supervisor
Christoph Struber .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Dan Hirst .... stunt coordinator
Dan Hirst .... stunt double: Simon Pegg
Glenn Marks .... stunt coordinator
Owen Walstrom .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Araquel .... still photographer
Alex Bender .... second assistant camera: uk unit
Chris Cavanagh .... video operator: UK
Julian Chapdelaine .... grip
Nicholas Dent .... grip
Tyler Field .... lighting technician
Niklas Fischer .... second assistant camera: Germany
Kieran Humphries .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Gaelle Jego .... lighting technician
Justin Johns .... video assist operator
Justin Lesch .... best boy grip: second unit
Oliver Loncraine .... camera operator: uk
Stephen Maier .... cinematographer (second unit)
Collin Morrison .... lighting technician
Keshav Prakash .... second unit director of photography: India
Dietmar Raiff .... first assistant camera: Bavaria
Cody Rusinko .... lighting technician
Dean Schwingboth .... best boy grip
Ian Seabrook .... underwater director of photography
Kat Spencer .... central loader: UK unit
Michael Swan .... additional cinematography
Derek Ueckermann .... first assistant camera: South Africa
Kieran Waites .... electrician
Tyler Woeste .... first assistant camera
Adriene Wyse .... film loader
 
Casting Department
Bonnie Lee Bouman .... casting: South Africa
Urvashi Chugani .... casting
James Forsyth .... extras casting
Edward D. Rea .... casting associate
Lisa Zagoria .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claudia Torsiello .... costume assistant (germany)
Sandra Watson .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Laura G. Chirinos .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Stratton Farrar .... media assistant
Adam Nazarenko .... digital colorist: Marketing
 
Music Department
Adrian Baumeister .... music editor
Matt Biffa .... music supervisor
Falko Duczmal .... score recording engineer
Henning Fuchs .... music coordinator
Henning Fuchs .... music editor
Henning Fuchs .... music production coordinator berlin
Henning Fuchs .... orchestrator
Peter Fuchs .... score mixer
 
Transportation Department
Gord Alyward .... transportation captain
Billy McRobbie .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Daisy Baldry .... floor runner: UK
Begoña Ballester-Olmos .... spanish subtitles
Debera Barager .... production accountant
Yves Boczek .... representative: Egoli Tossell Film
Dave Booys .... production assistant
Anne-Cécile Boulais .... production assistant
Robert Brinkschulte .... script translator
Gero Brugmann .... legal services: production financing
Corine Buffel .... production coordinator
Lisa Ciniglio .... insurance broker
James Cleave .... floor runner: UK
Peter Cummings .... product placement
Peter Cummings .... research: clearance & placement
Susanna David .... script supervisor
Ian Doig .... animal coordinator: Canada
Keith Dunkerley .... second unit cinematographer
Claire Finbow .... assistant: Simon Pegg
Katie Gallant .... production assistant
Rochan Ganu .... production accountant: India
Rebekka Garrido .... project supervisor Post Republic
Meredith Garstin .... production assistant
Jens Geibel .... location manager
Christian Gill .... assistant production consultant: UK
Christian Gill .... production staff
Iona Harris .... assistant to director: UK Unit
Iona Harris .... assistant to director: UK
Carol Heij .... production coordinator: africa
Patti Henderson .... additional script supervisor
Danny Ho .... playback supervisor
Lorraine Jamison .... unit publicist
Frank Lehmann .... production executive
Norbert Maass .... script consultant
Grace MacLeod .... animal trainer: Canada
Emma Mallett .... production coordinator: UK
Andrew Thomas Mckenzie .... stand-in for simon pegg
Jim McKeown .... producer's assistant
Hanna Menon .... production assistant
Christos Michaels .... legal services
Mr. Monze .... production assistant
Dave T. Nall .... wrangler
Mark O'Connell .... social media manager
Deirdre O'Hara .... assistant: first aid/craft service
Andreas Pense .... legal counsel: producer
Andreas Pense .... legal services: co-production
Andreas Pense .... legal services: production
Andrew Powell .... featurette editor
Lawra Robertson .... assistant to brad van arragon
Brodi-Jo Scalise .... business affairs associate
Mary-Beth Schwalm .... Assistant to Sr. Producers
Virginie Simon .... legal attorney
Christopher Spencer .... assistant production coordinator
Lydia Strojin .... production assistant
David Taylor .... unit manager: uk
Amanda Verhagen .... production office assistant
Adam Webb .... location assistant
Chris Webb .... location manager: uk
Mark Wilson .... assistant location manager: uk
Anthony Wittrock .... production assistant
Tomas Wittrup .... director assistant
Laura Wootton .... stand-in: rosamund pike
Andrew Jack .... dialect coach: Veronica Ferres (uncredited)
Harro von Have .... legal advisor: financing (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some brief nudity
Runtime:
120 min | USA:114 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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32 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
I loved this film., 4 October 2014
Author: sfgeoff-913-424177 from United States

In the mood for a film, I stopped by the local art house cinema this afternoon. Of the films on offer, this looked like it might be good, though I didn't know too much about what it was about, and really didn't expect much.

Turned out to be a great film. Funny, poignant, and inspiring all at once. Simon Pegg is terrific as a psychiatrist who experiences a sort of existential crisis, and decides to disrupt his tidy, organize, and predictable life to search for the makings of Happiness. His research produces a collection of Buddhist-like conclusions about what may or may not lead to happiness. Along the way, Pegg's character, Hector, begins to 'live', and we the viewer, if we're paying attention, gain some philosophical insights.

The more I think about this film, the more layers of meaning and nuance I realize were lurking beneath the surface of this thoroughly delightful movie. I left the cinema feeling introspective, inspired, and ...Happy. I was moved to indulge in some of the little things that make me happy: a few bars of Amedei chocolate, a meander through the arboretum, a book of poetry; as well as moved to examine what things in my life lead to happiness, and what things lead to unhappiness.

This is a film I would like to see again, and will likely purchase for my movie library.

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