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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hector
... Clara
... Pathetic Jane
... Diego Baresco
... Anjali
... Michael
... Ying Li
... Old Monk
... Professor Coreman
Bruce Fontaine ... Malcolm
... Alan
Bernard Cuffling ... Professor Niedorf
... Young Hector
... Roger
Dean Paul Gibson ... Joyless Husband
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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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14 August 2014 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Hector e a Procura da Felicidade  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,847, 19 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,121,961, 12 December 2014
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Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike play a couple in this movie. They previously appeared together in The World's End (2013). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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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References Run, Fatboy, Run (2007) See more »

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Never A Loser
composed by Walter Chukwu
performed by Abraham's Seed
published by Vizo Music / Sheer Publishing
courtesy of Vizo Records
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Fanstastic, modern film with fine performances
20 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I loved this film. It made me smile throughout and laugh out loud at several points. The performances are excellent, with Simon Pegg in particular turning in his usual high standard of performance as Hector.

I loved the locations, many of the supporting characters, the time-span and the punctuation of the film with Hector's findings about Happiness as his "research" developed. For me, this gave the film a modern feel.

It was beautifully shot. I even enjoyed the ending and the discomfort it induced in some members of the audience.

A masterpiece of a movie. I could watch it again and again and will buy the DVD so I can watch it at Christmas or when I'm ill because it will make me feel better, just like a feel-good movie is meant to. 10/10


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