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Character: Clara
Directed by: Peter Chelsom
Written by: François Lelord (novel), Maria von Heland, Peter Chelsom, Tinker Lindsay
Produced by: John Albanis, Markus Aldenhoven, Christian Angermayer, Kim Arnott, Oliver Damian, Mohammed Hans Dastmaltchi, Hilary Davis, Natacha Devillers, Klaus Dohle, Trish Dolman, Daniel Ehrenberg, Veronica Ferres, Marc Gabizon, Christine Haebler, Klemens Hallmann, Marc Hansell, Peter Hermann, Phil Hope, Alan Howard, Phil Hunt, Ryan Kavanaugh, Stephen Kelliher, Roman Klink, Nina Maag, Benjamin Melkman, Jens Meurer, Yoshi Nishio, Nick O'Hagan, Oliver Puls, Rainer Puls, Yasin Qureshi, Markus Reinecke, Compton Ross, Elliot Ross, Fenella Ross, Jens-Peter Stein, Christine Strobl, Tucker Tooley, Judy Tossell, Brad Van Arragon, Amelie von Kienlin, Haydn Wazelle, Jona Wirbeleit
Other cast: Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Barry Atsma, Jean Reno, Veronica Ferres, Ming Zhao, Togo Igawa, Stellan Skarsgård,
Release date: August 15, 2014 (U.K.) | Sepmteber 19, 2014 (U.S.)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Running time: 114 min

Hector is a quirky, yet irresistible London psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. He tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results.

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Character Quotes

Hector: [waking suddenly from a nightmare] Clara!
Clara: Hector… Morning, sweetheart. Time to raise and shine.
Hector: [narrating] One upon a time, there was a young psychiatrist called Hector, who had a very satisfactory life. His world was tidy, uncomplicated. And he liked it that way. He took great comfort in its predictable patterns. Patterns his girl friend Clara was happy to maintain.

Reviews

“In the end, though, it’s Pike (reteaming with Pegg after last year’s infinitely superior “The World’s End”) who elicits the most sympathy in the thankless role of Hector’s long-suffering significant other.”
Justin Chang, Variety

“If the film has any saving graces, it’s the leading women. Pike and Toni Collette are both frequently cited as redeeming features in poor films, and history repeats itself in Hector. Projecting barely suppressed rage that racks up by notches throughout, Pike’s Clara becomes a mirror for the audience’s own frustration with the protagonist and his platitude-filled quest. ”
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Triva

• Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike play a couple in this movie. They previously appeared together in The World’s End (2013).

• Hector’s name spelled as “Hectar” was written by people in Africa who would be unaware of the English spelling.

• When Hector visits the Himalayas, the flags are Tibetan prayer flags, whose colors represent the five elements. Health and harmony can be produced with the balance of all the elements. It is the belief that the wind will carry the prayers and mantras to provide good will and compassion to the surrounding areas.

Awards & Nominations

Won Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival – Best Director – Peter Chelsom
Nominated Canadian Screen Awards – Achievement in Music – Original Score – Dan Mangan & Jesse Zubot
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