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The High Cost of Living (2011)

Zach Braff , Isabelle Blais , Deborah Chow  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zach Braff, Isabelle Blais, Patrick Labbe
  • Directors: Deborah Chow
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This handsome, captivating, well-paced and stylish film is fully realized in every aspect. --LA Times

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What do you do when the best and the worst moment of your life happens at the exact same time? Henry (Zach Braff, Scrubs, Garden State) is not a particularly nice guy. He is a drug dealer because he is good at it. Nathalie (Isabelle Blais, Human Trafficking) is a beautiful young woman, married and about to have her first child. One night, Henry makes a wrong turn and their lives tragically collide. As Natalie s life unravels, Henry becomes her unlikely guardian angel - compassionate, charming and some much-needed calm in the storm of her life. She finds a welcome relief in the tall, rumpled stranger that seems only too willing to offer her refuge. But Henry has his own problems. His past misdeeds are catching up to him and he soon discovers that he is no longer able to outrun his past or his present. The inevitable impact of his choices forces both Henry and Nathalie to confront loss, love and life, and to ultimately decide whether the high cost of living is worth the price.

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  • Interview with Zach Braff
  • English and French with English Subtitles

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Writer/director Debra Chow's debut feature "The High Cost of Living" is one of those films that didn't get a lot of notoriety in its limited theatrical run, but seems poised to be discovered on the DVD market. A drama of unexpected tenderness, this film is both heartfelt and understated and succeeds much better than its description might lead you to believe. Set in Montreal, this Canadian piece works quietly and subtly to get under your skin and, in this stealthy approach, its emotional impact is surprising in its force. All right, that is enough unnecessary hyperbole for now! It's just that I really didn't expect much from this title and so it was one of the more pleasant discoveries I've had in a while. Starring Zach Braff and an incredibly effective and affecting Isabelle Blais, Chow's screenplay examines how tragedy can bring people together and how secrets might force them apart.

Braff plays an American expatriate making ends meet by illegally dealing prescription medication to unsavory clients. Blais is a pregnant woman anticipating the birth of her first child. One night, an accident caused by Braff brings them together even as Blais is unaware that he is the culprit. Reeling in the aftermath, Blais becomes distanced from her husband. Meanwhile Braff, wracked by guilt, unexpectedly finds himself drawn into her world. The two form an unlikely bond of friendship and compassion. The movie plays largely as a burgeoning romance--although it is a chaste relationship in which both participants are battling personal demons. At some point, both will have to confront the truths inherent in their lives and deal with the fateful night at the heart of the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth Watching May 26, 2011
By pdogmum
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This suprised me. I didn't think I could think of Zach Braff as anyone other than Bambi (JD from Scrubs) but he pulled it off in this movie. This is a very sad and touching movie. A really well done movie all around.

*I would suggest it may not be for someone who is pregnant because it is kind of disturbing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant classic, one of those movies that stick with you. September 8, 2012
By tubefan
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Realistic and definitely believable, "High Cost" delivers all the emotions that make us human. Most of all, what appears on the surface of this touching drama is nothing like the inside of it. Though the scenes lends itself to quiet and stoic instances and simple takes of conversation, the movie itself is never boring. Like mixing chemicals that cause a chain reaction, the chemistry here creates an instant viewer bonding. I'm still trying to figure out how such a seemingly slow moving movie can garner such attention to my senses. But there I was, totally captivated from the beginning to end. And really, I didn't want the movie to end. However, had the movie gone on and had a happy ending, then and only then would the film be susceptible to being called not believable. Gladly, the film ends abruptly but just at the right time, all for the viewer to imagine an ending that could be happy, sad, or somewhere in between.

Props to the actors for making such a wonderful film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zach? May 2, 2013
By Mogal
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I had never seen Zach before except for a few random Scrubs shows. Wow, I thought he did a great job in this film and overall I liked it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly great March 21, 2013
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This movie really surprised me. I never watched much of Scrubs, so I didn't have much of a pre-characterization of Zach.

I found him to be totally real, he was able to make me feel who he was and what he was feeling and cry with him.

That is a rare gift. I look forward to seeing his future work, he has genuine talent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and gripping film. April 30, 2011
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A great independent film with characters who draw you into the story. Zach Braff does an excellent job of creating a character who's desire for redemption is almost palpable even if he doesn't believe himself that he's deserving of it. Well acted and a good looking film overall. I highly recommend it to any fan of Indy films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our Life's Touch Others May 10, 2013
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Great movie that shows how our lives intertwine with others. We never know how our lies can come back to haunt us. I would recommend this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie May 10, 2013
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My husband and I were pleasantly surprised how smart and well made this movie is. I recommend it if you like drama, but no shooting or chase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Character Study
Nice low-key look at two characters who meet in an unusual-and for one of them deceptive-way. Good performances by the two leads and a little peek into the variety of life in... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Michael Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough film to watch
This is about an improbable friendship based on an unspeakable tragedy--a pregnant woman losing her baby to a hit-and-run driver and ending up carrying a dead fetus around--and... Read more
Published 8 days ago by lonebeaut
2.0 out of 5 stars Costs too much.
Improbable things appear in movie scripts that do not happen in real life, and do not happen in novels where characters are allowed to act as who they are, as who the author has... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Cornelio
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad Yet Leaves Room for Hope, Captivating Performances by Leads
Story line was original and unexpected. Both actors did a very good job of portraying the complex mixture of emotions that their characters must have been experiencing in the... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Luv 2 Save
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
A meaningful sojourn into the lives of two very different people. Great acting and a great addition to any DVD library. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa Townsend
4.0 out of 5 stars Zach!? Is That You?
Sometimes quiet is good. Not every film needs to slap you around or wow you. This is one of those films.

Here's the scoop. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eric Sanberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think
I did not like this movie because it seemed like reality. I don't think I could behave the way the main character did in the event that she experienced. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Emily Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
Not totally a fail but quite a sad but poignant movie but getting priorities in order and living true to yourself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Freeman
2.0 out of 5 stars Intense, jarring, disturbing
It is rare that I turn a movie off at all, much less within the first 15min. And while I truly enjoy movies that deal with difficult interpersonal and life issues, this was over... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Heather Patrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazon streaming
Tis movie did not hold my attention. It had a lot of possibilities. However, I got bored with the story and how it unfolded.
Published 8 months ago by M. Otto
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