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Title:
Hector and the search for happiness
Author:
Chelsom, Peter, 1956- , film director, screenwriter.
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, California : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2015]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (114 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
By all appearances, Hector has it all. A successful psychiatry practice, a comfortable home, and a beautiful, loving girlfriend. However, he's frustrated that he can't provide his patients with real happiness. So, he decides to travel the world in search of the elusive emotion.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.

Based on the novel "Le voyage d'Hector ou la recherché du bonheur" by François Lelord.

Special features: Around the world with Simon Pegg ; The making of Hector and the search for happiness; director commentary by Peter Chelsom.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R; for language and some brief nudity.
UPC:
024543993568
Format :
DVD

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Eccentric psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) decides travel the world on a mission to find out what makes people happy after growing convinced that his stagnant, routine-obsessed existence is preventing him from truly helping his patients in this whimsical, soul-searching comedy-drama. Hector is an esteemed psychiatrist whose relationship with his career-driven girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) is one of complete predictability. For a while this arrangement offers Hector a reassuring sense of comfort and security, though in time he begins to realize that he might not be getting the most out of life, and begins to question what it is that makes people genuinely happy. When Hector's increasing irritability begins to threaten his relationships with his patients, he decides to take a sabbatical, and get out of his comfort zone. In doing so, surmises Hector, he can gain greater insight into his own needs as well as the needs of his patients. Discomforted by his decision yet supportive of his yearning for greater life experience, Clara wishes Hector well as she sends him on the first leg of his globe-trotting adventure. And what an adventure it is; from his initial stop in Shanghai, where a wealthy financier (Stellan Skarsgård) showers him with the spoils of affluence, to his visit with Tibetan monks, his turbulent trip through Africa, and attempt to find closure to a past romance in L.A., Hector gradually discovers the answer to his existential questions, and so much more. Toni Collette, Jean Reno, and Christopher Plummer co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi