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The Cost of Living (2005)

An engaging script, powerful performances, and stylish effects make this short film a must see for everyone. "With this film, it's not the Sci-Fi factor that got me, it's the human factor." William B. Davis



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Credited cast:
Mark Mortinson
Don the salesman


What would you pay to live forever? That is the question posed by this short film that's set in the near future. When a man dying of cancer attempts to purchase a new body, he is forced to decide just how much he is willing to pay for immortality. Written by Jonathon Joffe

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A dying man is forced to decide how much he is willing to pay for immortality. See more »


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6 September 2007 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Just saw this, very good. Extremely engaging, especially for a short that is simply two people sitting in a room talking. Great production values, excellent multi-layered script and strong performances. I think this would make a great feature film, you could even use this very short as the beginning of the film since it would require a different actor from then on. One of the things I read says that it was not about the sci-fi but about the human factor, but in my mind great sci-fi is about humans (think Blade Runner) and this is an example of sci-fi at its most subtle and effective, when it's a true drama with engaging ideas and characters.

Directing was good too, well shot with lighting that was not mundane and a good amount of different set-ups to keep things varied.

So overall, great short and great potential for more. 9/10!

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