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The search for humour

OUT NOW! Simon Pegg and Co. fail to do justice to the original French novel in the occasionally humorous HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS.

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.