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A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. | Full synopsis »
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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
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
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
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
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
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 assistant
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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Rated R for language and some brief nudity
120 min | USA:114 min
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Did You Know?

The second of two 2014 films to feature both Toni Collette and Rosamund Pike, although they do not share the same scene here. The first was A Long Way Down (2014).See more »
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 »
Professor Coreman:How many of us I wonder can recall that childhood moment when we experienced happiness as a state of being, that single moment of untarnished joy that moment when everything in our world, inside and out was alright, everything was alright.See more »
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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
It won't blow your mind, but it's a slight film to cheer you up, 18 November 2014
Author: Adam Foidart from Winnipeg

"Hector and the Search for Happiness" is a warm little comedy/drama that isn't necessarily insightful on what it takes to make people happy, but it will lift up your spirits nonetheless. Hector (Simon Pegg) is a, well, there's no other word for it, boring psychiatrist. He is bored with his job, doodles a lot, is basically being mothered by his girlfriend (Rosamund Pike as Clara), doesn't have many friends and isn't really doing anything with his life. One day he comes to a realization that he really can't help his patients get out of their depressions or solve their problems because he isn't happy himself. He doesn't want to admit it to his girlfriend, but he also still pines for that one girl that could have been "the one" (Toni Collette as Agnes) that he lost years ago. He decides to take an impromptu trip exploring the world. Taking notes along the way, he meets a slew of different characters, all of which have different views and beliefs on what happiness is all about and comes to his own conclusions after living through all sorts of adventures.

Despite the title, I wouldn't call this film a guide to finding true bliss. It's more a dramatic adventure, with some comedy sprinkled on top, of a guy who is unhappy and decides that he is going to find a way to change that. The main reason I'm saying this is because Hector doesn't really come to any mind-blowing conclusions about happiness and your average Joe can't exactly take an impromptu vacation from his job to go flying to China, Africa and Los Angeles on a whim. The film is more of a journey for Hector, with you being invited to come along for the ride. For this character, the conclusions he comes to really are mind-blowing because he's basically been a zombie for many years. When I say that this film isn't going to necessarily change your interpretation of happiness, that's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just that I want you to know what you're getting into before you decide to watch the film.

When it comes to Hector's adventures and encounters, there are some nice moments of sweetness, of comedy and even a few moments of genuine tension and fear. You might think that this film is a straight comedy from the casting of Simon Pegg in the lead, but that's not really the case. Many of his encounters begin as comedic but eventually turn into disappointments. Hector catalogs what he has and hasn't discovered in his sketchbook and moves on. It's like being in college and going for a work placement. You go to a place and figure that you'll get a ton of experience and probably even get offered a job. Odds are, you'll leave slightly disappointed, but wiser than you were before you arrived and in retrospect, you'll cherish those memories. Part of you wonders what it would have been like if things had gone differently, but when you go to the next work placement, you realize that the one job you might have had but didn't get might not have been what you were looking for in the first place. I really enjoyed this aspect of the film, the series of encounters where Hector meets the different people whose lives intersect with his in different ways. My favorites probably being a rich businessman played by Stellan Skarsgard who decides to show him what his vision of happiness is and the beautiful woman named Ying Li (Ming Zhao) that he immediately grows close to soon after. Hector encounters new people, makes some friends, puts notes into his sketchbook, begins realizing who he really is and then keeps moving on to the next step in his self-discovery. It turns out to be a warm quest and you're glad to go along for the ride.

Just because there are some pretty heavy moments of drama, it doesn't mean that the film is a downer. There are some very funny moments throughout, particularly in the wisdom he finds in the simple people of Africa (I know the continent is huge and that's a broad statement, but I can't recall which country, if it is even specifically mentioned). The film also has many whimsical moments where his drawings and sketches are brought to life or Hector finds himself daydreaming about his childhood. I actually admire the delicate balance that the director/screenplay writer Peter Chelsom managed to accomplish here. The brief amount of comedy is just enough to offset the dramatic moments and that blend balances the moments of enlightenment and discovery very well. You will also very much enjoy the semi fantastical developments in Hector's adventures. It helps ease you through the dramatic moments because deep down you get that it might look pretty dire at times but things are ultimately going to be alright. They say that a foul mood is contagious. "Hector and the Search for Happiness" shows that a good mood can be contagious as well. This is the kind of movie that you go to watch with your family and everyone comes out of the theater with a smile on their face, even if they weren't blown away. It's a slight little film, and probably not what you expect to be but that's OK. "Hector and the Search for Happiness" is just what you need to cleanse your pallet after the summer blockbusters and the fall thrillers to reset your mood back to cheery, wide-eyed and optimistic. (Theatrical version on the big screen, October 7, 2014)

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