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The High Cost of Living (2011)

Zach Braff , Isabelle Blais , Deborah Chow  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zach Braff, Isabelle Blais, Patrick Labbe
  • Directors: Deborah Chow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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


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

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24 of 24 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly great March 21, 2013
By PaulaK
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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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6 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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4 of 4 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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6 of 7 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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5 of 6 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie April 22, 2011
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This movie was very touching and seemingly realistic. Great acting, I was ready to see JD and all I saw was Henry. Good job played by all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enigma of Life and Living May 4, 2014
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A difficult subject matter, but definitely worth seeing. Richly developed characters and unique story line. This movie kept me engaged, wondering "How could this possibly end well?" Five stars just for the acting by the two leads: Zach Braff puts in an incredible and unexpected performance - we should see more from him. Strong, solid, believable performance by Isabelle Blais playing a difficult role. If you like indie films, give this one a shot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars No one wants a man like this to go to jail
I watched The High Cost of Living. 2010.
Basically Zach Braff plays this cute guy with Jewish lips. No one wants a man like that to go to jail, but he does, or does he? Read more
Published 7 hours ago by SG
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I liked it, but feel the acting was not high rate. The story line was good.
Published 13 days ago by Alyce Medina
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, no plot, no progression
Boring, and not for me. Nothing was happening after 30 minutes; too slow and no real drama to speak of.
Published 14 days ago by HappySoul
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected better, but then again, why?
2.5 - 3

I thought this would be more of an existential type of movie. More like a Romedy. It was ok. I am not a great Braff fan and this movie didn't change that. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it!
I'm so happy I watched this movie...even though I cried a lot.
Published 20 days ago by Debra D.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 month ago by Chris Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting. Well written
Bizarre, yet powerful. A what would you do if? More importantly, a real lesson in unintended consequences.
Excellent acting. Well written.
Published 1 month ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Wrenching Story
The movie was deeply emotional being a story about someone who has made terrible decisions and has to live with them even when you want to make yourself better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kelly Straube
4.0 out of 5 stars still not a waste of time
Fairly well done, but there are a lot of loose ends. The ending is more true to life than most, because there isn't always a neat bow to tie on so we can call something... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angela
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