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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.

Director:

Peter Chelsom

Writers:

Maria von Heland (screenplay), Peter Chelsom (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Bruce Fontaine ... Malcolm
Chad Willett ... Alan
Bernard Cuffling Bernard Cuffling ... Professor Niedorf
Jakob Davies ... Young Hector
Chris Gauthier ... Roger
Dean Paul Gibson Dean Paul Gibson ... Joyless Husband
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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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Germany | Canada | UK | South Africa | USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

14 August 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hector e a Procura da Felicidade See more »

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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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Referenced in Kill Me Three Times Q&A (2015) See more »

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Party Like HotDog
words & music by MC HotDog
performed by MC HotDog
arranged by Chen-Yue Chang
produced by MC HotDog & Mon Wu
published by True Color Co Ltd. / Rock Music Publishing Co
courtesy of Rock Records Co., Ltd.
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A rather mature film from Simon Pegg
18 August 2014 | by Ged EarthseaSee all my reviews

At the time of writing this review, there is a massive absence of films suitable for audience who does not necessarily enjoy titles such as Expendables III or Hercules. If you happen to be one who seeks some deeper meaning in your movie experience, this film is for you. In fact if you are not, you may still find some aspects of the film entertaining enough.

In summary, the main character Hector has some grown up problems and in order to find some closure to his past issues, he takes an epic journey. From a Simon Pegg film, you would expect these journeys to be very funny and light adventures. Sometimes these adventures are indeed funny and light but mostly they are rather serious. Issues faced include midlife crisis, relationship problems, corruption and poverty in Africa, etc. The film has a fast enough phase an it is never boring or depressing, yet it can be both funny and serious at the same time. I believe the film is currently underrated by the IMDb crowd.

If you have watched Simon Pegg films with zombies, aliens or cops and you are looking to find more of the same experience, this film might not satisfy your expectations. This film is a genuine and sometimes lightly philosophical attempt to ponder and think about what makes us human beings happy and satisfied with ourselves.


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