Rediscover the Joys of Living with HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS [Trailer]

How much is happiness worth? Watching the Sochi Olympics recently, it came to me just how much work these athletes put in for fleeting moments of happiness at the awards ceremony before, for many of them, immediately going back to training. It got me thinking, do we really find meaningful experiences in happiness itself, or is it the search for happiness that really provides the substance of our lives? Perhaps the upcoming film Hector and the Search for Happiness will answer this question. (Just a warning, the trailer may have a few spoilers)

According to the trailer, released February 7, Simon Pegg plays the depressed psychiatrist, Hector. Many of Hector’s patients are seeking happiness themselves, but none seem to be finding it. Hector’s sessions with his patients are proving fruitless, and on top of this, Hector is running into many of the same problems his patients are having, and he’s no better at dealing with them than they are. Additionally, Hector’s love life isn’t looking too great either. One day, Hector decides to do something about these problems and comes out of his shell, morphing from a ho hum psychiatrist into an eccentric globetrotter.

Hector and the Search for Happiness is based on a French novel of the same name. Written by François Lelord – a psychiatrist, like Hector – and released in 2002, the book was quite popular in France as well as Germany. It is interesting to note that the author is currently a psychiatrist in Vietnam. In the book and movie, Hector travels the world searching for happiness. Perhaps the story is somewhat based on reality, and Lelord has traveled the world as well.

The trailer showcases a number of locales that it appears Hector will be visiting throughout the film. Of note, Hector visits China, Africa and even a monastery. It appears that throughout all of this, Hector ignores his romantic interest. Later in the film, it would seem Hector wants to come back to her, but she’s moved to Los Angeles. Presumably, all the loose ends of the film come together for an emotional climax in LA.

Happiness means a lot of things to a lot of people. For a psychiatrist, it could mean helping those in distress find solutions to their problems. For a construction worker concerned about sustainability, it could mean to find green construction material suppliers. For Hector, we’re still unsure what happiness means. Will Hector find happiness during his journey? That remains to be seen. I would bet the answer is yes, seeing as this film is being marketed as a comedy. Either way, the film looks to be both hysterical and inspiring.

The release date for the movie has yet to be announced, but at least we have the book to tide us over – if you don’t mind plot spoilers. The film is directed by Peter Chelsom and, besides Pegg, also stars Toni Collette, Veronica Ferres, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno and Stellan Skarsgard. With all the incredible talent involved in the making of this movie, it’s sure to be a hit in the theatres.

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