Loosely restructuring but (sadly) not re-interpreting François Lelord’s feel-good-psychology novel, Chelsom (Funny Bones) follows London psychologist Hector (Pegg) across various continents as he sheds his straightjacket of mannerisms and puts together a pithy list of aphorisms defining aspects of happiness – whilst girlfriend (Pike) waits for enlightenment and the wanderer’s return. Funny in parts, the film’s principled ambitions co-exist too uneasily with efforts at whimsy to feel natural – or happy.
Hector and the Search for Happiness | Directed by Peter Chelsom (Germany 2014) with Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike. Starts August 14
Originally published in issue #129, July/August 2014.