Want to know more about the movie?
On the surface of it, his life seems charmed: a beautiful apartment, an even more beautiful girlfriend named Clara (played by Rosamund Pike) and a loyal stable of patients to his psychiatrist practice. But he the one who needs therapy? For despite all the outward appearances of success and happiness his life has, Hector feels something is missing. And so our dapper dressing protagonist sets out, armed with a notebook from Clara to record his findings, on an overseas Odyssey to discover "what is happiness."
What unfolds is a series of unlikely but amusing adventures in first China (involving a night of partying with a woman who is not all she seems and a visit with a skpying monk), then Africa (in which he escapes from a murderous drug cartel) and lastly Los Angeles (to look up the first woman he loved Agnes, played by the always delightful Toni Collette). The action is infused with a host of colourful characters who each provide their own insights into the happiness that Hector is seeking, and he records these nuggets in Clara's journal.
I loved these wise and perceptive little gems of insight and the way director Peter Chelsom chose to have them written and drawn across the screen as Hector wrote them down. Some of these really resonated with me like "If I seem happy, it is because I know I am loved for who I am," "Happiness is answering your calling" and the especially poignant and simple "Listening is loving."
Being a rom-com it was inevitable Hector would get his happy ending but it what a wild and fun ride watching him realise he had what he was looking for all along.
Hector and the Search for Happiness is based on the book of the same name by Francois Lelord: place a hold on a copy for yourself here.
Our thanks to Becker Film Group for providing tickets to an advanced screening of this film for our reviewer.