Money does not buy happiness!

Although we have known this for a long time, TV5 commissioned Hugo Latulippe to prove it.

Therefore, the Quebec filmmaker left for the four corners of the planet in search of happiness. Exploring the world is a habit that Latulippe acquired on the now famous Radio-Canada show. The global race of destinations. Since then, the globetrotter has made themes and films about it. He even won numerous awards and trophies with what’s left of us, a documentary he made in Tibet with François Prévost without the knowledge of the Chinese police.

For the 10 episode series The Gross Inner Happiness Project, which will be broadcast on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on TV5 starting January 30, Latulippe did not take any big risks. He filmed in 14 mostly calm countries, with Iceland being the most turbulent due to recent volcanic eruptions.

For a century now, the majority of our politicians have been proclaiming that the gross domestic product (the famous GDP) contributes to the happiness of citizens, which is far from the opinion of the Dalai Lamas, the most recent Popes, of the monk Matthieu Ricard (whom we interrogate in the series) and dozens of other good souls that we still meet on earth and in the series.


Latulippe interviews 69 personalities, including Melk Wiking, founder of the Happiness Research Institute. Everyone claims that we should stop measuring happiness by GDP. Even Valérie Plante, mayor of Montreal, joins them in demonstrating that happiness is the only true indicator of a country’s wealth.

Based on the most recent “World Happiness Report,” Latulippe’s series ranks the United States only among the happiest countries, while our neighbor is far ahead in terms of GDP. China, second by GDP, is in 64th placemy happiness ranking and India in 126th placemy place, while it is fifth by GDP.

TV5 couldn’t have found a better time to air the series. Yesterday, the first day of the Davos Economic Forum, Oxfam revealed that the fortune of the five richest men in the world (including Bernard Arnault, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos) increased by 114% in the last four years to reach 869 billion . Meanwhile, another five billion people have become poorer, probably including you and me. The Gross Inner Happiness Project Will he be able to convince us that wealth is happiness?


Quebec filmmaker Hugo Latulippe


He died last Friday this psychiatrist who was expelled seven times by the College of Physicians, who angered thousands of Quebecers with his controversial statements on radio and television, who loved boxing and “his” cheese (Le Chevalier Mailloux), who considered Denise Bombardier as the best writer. in Quebec and the western festival of St-Tite as the largest cultural gathering, who hated the CPE, the DPJ, the crucifix of the Trois-Rivières court and the feminists, who believed that the worst war is the one between men and women, etc. . , etc., and who supported Donald Trump!

But I really liked this extreme psychiatrist with whom I did the entire first season of Loft history in TQS and from which it seems that we have ended up concluding that its eccentricities and excesses have done more good than harm.

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