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Deborah Chow (written by) and
Joseane Brunelle (special dialogue)
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  (in credits order)
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
Shan Chetty ... Martin
Anik Matern ... Urban Wife

Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles ... Student (as Victor Andres Trelles Turgeon)
Paul-Antoine Taillefer ... Medical Resident
Karine Lavergne ... Pascale
Matthew McKay ... Gavin

Patrick John Costello ... Hipster (as Patrick Costello)
Nicole Jones ... Isabelle
Qamar Abbas ... New Father
Susan Bain ... Nurse 2

Paula Jean Hixson ... Olivia
Valérie Ouimet-Chiriaeff ... Sarah
William Phan ... Teenage Boy
Richard Robitaille ... Urban Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maximilien Garneau-Pillet ... Johnny's Friend

Robert Higden ... Urban Husband

Directed by
Deborah Chow 
Writing credits
Deborah Chow (written by)

Joseane Brunelle  special dialogue
Tristan Tondino  special dialogue

Produced by
Kim Berlin .... producer
Heidi Levitt .... executive producer
Susan Schneir .... producer
Original Music by
Normand Corbeil 
Cinematography by
Claudine Sauvé 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Alberts 
Benjamin Duffield 
Casting by
Heidi Levitt 
Production Design by
Susan C. MacQuarrie 
Makeup Department
Jessica Heeren .... makeup artist
Melissa Purino .... key makeup artist
Rocco Stallone .... hair stylist
Hanna Yee .... head of hair department
Production Management
Karl Archambault .... unit manager
Diandra Yoselevitz .... production manager
Sound Department
Sophie Cloutier .... sound trainee
Philippe Mercier .... sound mixer
Bruno Pucella .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Dean Lewis .... visual effects artist
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt coordinator (stunt double)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Auclair .... best boy grip
Philippe Bossé .... additional still photographer
Michel R. Carron .... gaffer
Alexandre Gazé .... electrician
Simon Hébert .... key grip
Serge Larouche .... best boy electric
D.J. Matrundola .... electrician
Raphaël Simard .... electrician
Jan Thijs .... still photographer
Casting Department
Johanne Titley .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Claude-Sophie Barsalo-lacoursière .... assistant editor
Alex Coppedge .... trailer editor
Dean Lewis .... colorist
Music Department
John Barrett .... assistant score mixing engineer
John Barrett .... assistant scoring engineer
Andy Brown .... conductor
Andy Brown .... contractor
Diandra Yoselevitz .... music supervisor
Other crew
Joseane Brunelle French translation
Tristan Tondino French translation

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92 min
Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec)
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Nathalie:[about playing hopscotch] This is ridiculous.
Henry Welles:So is life.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A situational drama with quiet undertones, never fully realized, 2 December 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

The High Cost of Living (2010)

There is something about this kind of slice-of-life movie with a major hook--in this case a car accident and an injury--that makes you want to watch. And here we have a rather realistic depiction of working class Montreal which is interesting as a backdrop, unromanticized.

The two leading characters, a Francophone Canadian and an Anglophone New Yorker transplanted to the city, are equally realistic. They find themselves needing, and helping, each other to get through the crisis. You grow gradually to like them just as they slowly learn to like each other, though whether a romance comes out of it is always in doubt.

But this isn't quite enough to sustain a full length movie. There is no significant secondary plot, there is no terrific surprise or second phase after the first problem gets resolves. Instead, the main problem (which I'm trying not to give away) is stretched to cover the whole extent and so it gets slow. Often.

It's interesting enough you stick with it, but you'll wish for me. I think it's probably true a different pair of leads--including the more famous Zach Braff--could energize or give depth to the role in a way that would fulfill us all better. And the situation they find themselves in is actually fascinating--a little dramatic and unlikely, yes, but leading to an inevitable climax. The relationship grows with delicacy but little emotional complexity.

Until the last scene, which is a beautiful way to bring it all to a close.

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