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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 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 ... Professor Niedorf
Jakob Davies ... Young Hector
Chris Gauthier ... Roger
Dean Paul Gibson Dean Paul Gibson ... Joyless Husband
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Storyline

A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.

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Taglines:

The best part of life is living it. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | Canada | UK | South Africa | USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

14 August 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hector and the Search for Happiness See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,847, 21 September 2014

Gross USA:

$1,124,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,952,549
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The sweet potato pie is served in a $400 Le Creuset oval dutch oven. This level of cookware would be freakishly uncommon in such a setting, even if purchased second- or third-hand. 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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Soundtracks

Chinese Restaurant
written by Henning Fuchs
published by Fuchsmusik
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Happiness is watching this movie.
20 May 2016 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

Simon Pegg was a brilliant choice for this movie and the whole film is almost perfect as reflected in my rating. Based on a book, the script is pretty bloody good and, while I am usually not a fan of touchy-feely wisdom-on-a-cup kind of things, I really enjoyed the movie.

OK, sometimes it was a little bit too heavy handed and I believe that choosing an actor for the lead that didn't have Pegg's silly happy funny face could have doomed this film. As such, I wonder how have I not heard of this movie? Why is everyone talking about superheroes and no one about this film? Is it just because it is not an American film?

I thought that the script juggled very well with the viewers expectations. Then there are Jean Reno's role, Rosamund Pike's - especially after Gone Girl, I know that this movie comes first, but the result of watching it now is quite unexpected - and, of course, Christopher Plummer - may he live forever. Quite small, but perfect in their value to the story.

Bottom line: watch the film. It can't hurt and it can really help. Give it a try. It's not a new age hum and meditate thing, it's ... real? It feels so.


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