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The High Cost of Living

4.1 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews

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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WCSMGQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on September 22, 2011
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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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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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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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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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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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An American drug dealer living in Canada while High, drives the wrong way on a one way street, hitting a pregnant woman who is standing in the middle of it waiting for a cab after not being able to get hold of hubby and having pains. So starts the movie that deals with the turmoil that each one deals with after this accident. It is well acted, well thought out, and just PLAIN OLD HEROIC!!
I could feel the anger, the out of control, the tension,the pain, the LOSS And The Hard Decisions.
Such a relate able movie on so many different levels. Best Movie I have seen in a long time.
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This is a very sad and depressing movie but the big message its trying to send is about alcohol and drugs being dangerous and at times catastrophic to peoples lives. This movie is not what I had expected it to be. The actors and actresses were amazing and I cried several times because they were able to make it so believable. Amazing movie, worth watching but bring some tissues.
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This movie was hauntingly sad. It depicts how difficult it is to "let go" of personal tragedy even when the world expects you to move on. The movie was almost too real in its honesty as I found myself longing for some kind of miracle to make everything okay again. No miracles were given, of course, so we have to view the world as it really is - messy and unpredictable. Zach Braff was so good in this role that I completely forgot about Scrubs. His was a tortured soul. Isabelle Blais was amazing. I was drawn into her pain; her sadness. I had not heard of this movie but I really enjoyed it and am recommending it to friends and family.
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