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 ... 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

Disillusioned, psychiatrist Hector confesses to his girlfriend that he feels he is a fraud for dispensing recommendations to patients who never seemed to improve or get happier. He considers breaking out of his lackluster routine. Summoning up some courage, Hector gives his starved curiosity free reign and embarks on an internatonal quest to find the right formula to bring him joy and vitality.

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Everyone wants to find it. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Goofs

Hector ask the pilot to reduce altitude to help reduce cabin air pressure on a women who was having severe head pain. Commercial aircraft cabin pressure is held at a constant 6 to 8 thousand feet. Changing altitude of a commercial jet airplane will not effect cabin pressure unless there is a failure with the aircraft such as a hole in the aircraft pressure vessel. 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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Connections

References The Adventures of Tintin (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Pegasus Air
written & performed by Paul Rabjohns
published by Ringkeed, Inc (BMI)
courtesy of Paul Rabjohns
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introspective; Simon Pegg ... Amazing
26 January 2015 | by luisfvelozSee all my reviews

After i watched this movie i just felt compelled to write about it, i don't like to use spoilers, i won't deprive anyone from discovering this whole experience, the movie is sublime, with a profound meaning, very human, than i can recommend to all, especially if you are searching for happiness... the story is rich, full of contrasts, the photography maximizes the experience, and the actors are just believable, to say the least, i did believe them all, and also you will believe them, the acting is effortless, they are just great, and one special mention to Simon Pegg, which we all know for the silly roles that he plays, now he will take you through the full range of emotions. my final thought... don't miss it, this is one of these movies that you won't forget. a regular masterpiece.


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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:

$6,337,728
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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