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Film / Hector and the Search for Happiness

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"We should concern ourselves not so much with the pursuit of happiness, but with the happiness of pursuit."
Professor Coreman

Hector and the Search for Happiness is a 2014 film starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Jean Reno, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, and Stellan Skarsgård. It was based on a 2002 novel by Francois Lalord.

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  • Affably Evil: Diego Baresco. He may be the local drug kingpin, but his friendship with Hector is genuine, and they end up helping each other.
  • Exotic Backdrop Setting. Lampshaded at one point in the book. "You might be thinking that not enough has been said about African people in a country where everybody is African..."
  • Running Gag: Hector keeps on losing pens and having to borrow them from other people. It ends up saving his life.
  • Straight Gay: Michael.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Diego Baresco calls himself a "farmer". You... might not want to enquire too closely about his crops.


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