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

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


Zach Braff

Henry Welles

Patrick Labbé


Julian Lo


Aimee Lee

Wai Lin

(as Aimée Lee)

Pierre Gendron

Detective Lambert

Sean Lu


Anick Lemay


Nicole Braber


Graham Cuthbertson


Mylene Savoie


Tony Robinow

Dr. Rosen

Joujou Turenne

Nurse 1

Kyle Switzer


Ian Finlay



Official Website:
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Release Date: 22 April 2011

Filming Locations: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Technical Specs



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

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.