The High Cost of Living

April 22nd, 2011


The High Cost of Living

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Still of Isabelle Blais and Zach Braff in The High Cost of Living

The story of a young, pregnant woman whose world falls apart when she loses her child in a hit and run accident...

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.0/10 (624 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director: Deborah Chow

Stars: Isabelle Blais, Zach Braff, Patrick Labbé

The story of a young, pregnant woman whose world falls apart when she loses her child in a hit and run accident. As her life unravels,Nathalie finds an unlikely protector in Henry, a down and out guardian angel who has followed her thread. But Henry is not quite the angel he seems...

Writers: Joseane Brunelle, Tristan Tondino

Isabelle Blais - Nathalie
Zach Braff - Henry Welles
Patrick Labbé - Michel
Julian Lo - Johnny
Aimee Lee - Wai Lin (as Aimée Lee)
Pierre Gendron - Detective Lambert
Sean Lu - Kenny
Anick Lemay - Julie
Nicole Braber - Lille
Graham Cuthbertson - Ian
Mylene Savoie - Anna
Tony Robinow - Dr. Rosen
Joujou Turenne - Nurse 1
Kyle Switzer - Eli
Ian Finlay - Paul


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 22 April 2011

Filming Locations: Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Henry Welles: Sometimes I wonder how I got to be this person. You have a version in your head of who you think you are and then one day you realize that you're just the sum total of a bunch of bad decisions and stupid behavior.

User Review

High Cost? Not really…


This is another of those grey area films for me. Not because of the acting, I think Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais hand in some solid performances. Not even for the definitely overall indy film feel of the movie, which serviced the story ...well. The problem lies within the premise itself.

I'm not one to issue spoilers in a review, so you'll just have to view the trailer and suss out the plot for yourself, but there are situations that are introduced between the main characters that simply do not ring true, do not support the weight of the plot, and do not convey a strong enough emotion at times when the events eventually payoff.

Despite all this, I don't actually hate the film and found myself wanting to like it more than it probably deserves (despite a second act that dragged on a little longer than it should have.) Currently one of the films screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, I say, when it hits theaters, if you've seen all the other films you wanted to see, find yourself with nothing to do on a particular day, have a little extra spending cash burning a hole in your pocket, and you absolutely must sit in a theater and watch a film… why not? There are worse films you could watch.


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