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Hector (Simon Pegg as a dissatisfied London therapist) goes on a cross-continental jaunt in search for happiness.

Faith Connections

Kumbh Mela is a mass pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather for a giant splash in a sacred river. It's considered to be the largest peaceful gathering in the world – got to get back to the Ganges. In his documentary, filmmaker Pan Nalin travels to a watery religious event where people and stories are found: an urchin, a yogi raising a baby, a stoned spiritualist, a mother in search of her son and a camp of the lost. Think it all couldn't come together? O ye of little Faith Connections. (At Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)


In what could be seen as Crash set along the tumultuous and dusty Arizona-Mexico border, Ed Harris unveils his long-in-the-works cowboy drawl. It is excellent. Directed by Michael Berry, contemporary drama Frontera has the veteran actor as the moral compass and a former sheriff whose spouse is murdered. Michael Pena is a Mexican illegal immigrant wrongly accused of the crime, with Eva Longoria as his wife, desperate as all get out. (At Carlton Cinema)


It's probably appropriate that latest film from the fishhook-happy Kim Ki-duk carries very little dialogue. The cannibalism, the hurried genital transplant, the voyeurism – it's all just so unspeakable. It's also a statement on family tensions, sexual boundaries and society's issues with each. Just a walk in the park for the South Korean shocker. (At the Royal Cinema)


A journey into the world of stand-up comedy? A Canadian documentary that follows four guys as they get on stage for the first time, but not before they take comedy classes and crash Montreal's Just for Laughs festival and interview world-renowned comedians? It is, as they say, all in the Delivery. (At Carlton Cinema)

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Just as it's advertised on the tin: Hector (Simon Pegg as a dissatisfied London therapist) goes on a cross-continental jaunt in search for happiness. For many of us, happiness can be found in a thoughtful, globe-trotting comedy that happens to co-star Christopher Plummer in a small role as an eccentric L.A. psychologist. Hector himself says in the film, "Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story." We'll leave it at that, then. (In wide release across Canada)

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