Hector and the Search for Happiness

80014728Unfulfilled by his career as a psychiatrist, Hector leaves everything behind and travels around the world in search of true happiness.

Year: 2014
Certificate: 15
Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, Veronica Ferres, Barry Atsma, Christopher Plummer, Togo Igawa

Information Page: https://uk.newonnetflix.info/info/80014728

This isn’t the kind of film I would normally choose to watch unless it was to watch with my other half, but as it popped up on my Netflix and I’m a fan of Simon Pegg I figured I would give it a go… I’m glad I did.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” is the story of a middle-of-the-road psychiatrist who undercharges his clients – but they get what they pay for.
Hector (Pegg) takes great comfort in life’s predictable patterns; patterns his girlfriend Clara (Pike) is happy to maintain. His prices haven’t changed for years and neither has Hector.

Life begins to feel stale and he genuinely wonders if he is happy. He then decides he needs to go on a journey, one of self discovery and learning. What does make people happy? Does what makes you happy, make other people happy?

He ventures around the world visiting China, Africa and the US speaking to and interacting with all sorts of different people but at the end all he is trying to discover is if they’ve found happiness and if the answer is yes, then how?

One of the things that attracted me to watching this was the tag of comedy and on that front it delivers, but the film also has some great drama and the last 30 minutes or so are the best part of the movie. Pegg surprised me in this movie; I know he obviously has a talent as a comedy actor but his ability to bring on the drama as the film comes to its last act was great to see.

Along with the great acting came the great way the story is told using little animations mixed into the film. For example (don’t worry not a spoiler) there’s a scene where Hector is sat on a plane and he draws in his notebook a picture of a plane including windows and for a second he flashes back to how he felt as a child and he lifts the window to reveal a moving sky behind it… OK it looks far better than I just made it sound but when you see the film, it will make sense!

Will watching this film make you happy? Probably, if only for short amount of time while you suspend your reality, which is sometimes needed where this story goes. But then it will make you sad and then happy again and then, who knows..? let me know in the comments and of course tell us what makes you happy?

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