The High Cost of Living

6.81 h 37 min2011X-Ray16+
Zach Braff and Isabelle Biais star in this thought provoking drama about two lives that randomly collide with tragic consequences forcing them to confront loss; love and life and decide if the high cost of living is worth the price.
Deborah Chow
Zach BraffIsabelle BlaisPatrick Labbé
English [CC]
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Kimberley BerlinSusan SchneirHeidi LevittWalter Klymkiw
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4.1 out of 5 stars

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DetectorReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Marvelous movie, almost too much to bear.
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Braff reminds me of John Ritter. Never mind that, mind blowing film, a trip; when I was watching it was almost too much to bear for being just a film. The subject matter, it's seriousness, it's pathos, has a lot to do with how well the makers must manage the material, and this film is almost insidious, the near-matchless skill it takes to slide the knife all the way into your kischkes. The High Cost of Living...great title. yes Blais has a face, so young and bare, you think, she cannot possibly reach that hot living core with a seemingly unmarked face like that, but she does.
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L.BenzReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Odd Relationships kind of spoiler alert!
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Girl gets hit by car, baby she's carrying dies and for comfort she falls for the guy who hit her. For one thing what was she doing in the middle of the road? What kind of female is so easily manipulated into falling for the car driver instead of her husband, and if her marriage sucked why was she staying in it before the accident?
I found all the relationships challenging and weird but that's just me. A guy with any sense of manhood would have told her or the cops what he did right away but the kind of street person/drug dealer isn't Mr Right for anyone. She keeps making the same mistake, as most people do if they don't analyze what went wrong with each relationship.
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Torin McFarlandReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Life is Beautiful, Beauty is Pain, and Pain is Ubiquitous
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From the moment we meet Zach Braff's character (Henry Welles), we know we've met a dirtbag. His profession, proclivities, and manner all suggest it. Similarly, yet in an upper class manner, Patrick Labbe (Michel) mirrors him. However, their intersection with pregnant Isabelle Blais (Nathalie) reveals depths in their characters unplumbed prior. Without spoiling the film's tragedy, I will say that The High Cost of Living will take you to uncomfortable places, repeatedly, and under nearly every circumstance one could imagine pertaining to it. It's wrenching, distasteful, upsetting, and might turn you away, but I couldn't stop watching for a second. I recommend the film
Christian KotitschkeReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very dark, very emotional
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This movie is rather dark in its tone (not negative, but a very emotionally dark story) from the beginning until the end to the point where I at times had trouble continue to watch it. It's tough to watch because it feels so real. I guess that is an indication of this being reasonably well acted and directed.

I am not going to spoil the ending but I guess that was the best possible way this could have ended and in a somewhat satisfying way. The right way. This movie will stay with me for a while and live rent-free in my head.
MalayagroveReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The one-stars
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were completely unfair. In terms of holding my interest and involving me emotionally, this was one of the best movies i've seen lately. I'd given up on Hollwyoo--oh wait; this wasn't Hollywood. I found nothing at all objectionable about this movie, and I am very critical. Thank you, Canada....
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light Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
3 cheers Ms. Chow!
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Zack Braff was more than alright! Watching him going through all the changes, to eventually man up into a responsible guy is tortuous but very rewarding. Lovely subtle direction and good editing as we watch him going through hell. And he really lived up to their choice of casting him! We know he's not the enemy; he's even humane while dealing. Good story! Reminds me of "Locke", who also has to wrestle with the mad choices life presents us. 3 cheers for Ms. Chow!
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RFSReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Is Redemption Possible?
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a fine film, well acted and well cast; heartbreaking story, carelessness produces terrible, irreversible loss - is redemption possible? complex characters grow, develop, and are loyal; relationships are authentic, sacrifices are made

people speaking French, a plus for me; Braff great job in a dramatic role
BEATRIZ LEEReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Movie I have seen in a long time
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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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