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The High Cost of Living -- 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.
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Deborah Chow (written by) and
Joseane Brunelle (special dialogue)
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22 April 2011 (Canada) See more »
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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
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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Henry Welles:You think I'd be willing to spend the rest of my life in jail because of an accident? Don't give me that much credit, I'm not that big of a man. I came back because of you, I came back because I knew if I didn't stand in front of you and apologize I wouldn't ever be able to live with myself. Now I don't know if that's conscience or love, but I do know that I'm not going to jail for my conscience. I'm going to jail for you.
Nathalie:That's not what I want. I don't want that.
Henry Welles:I know, but... it's the only thing I can give you.
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Cost of Living covers all possible bases, 24 November 2011
Author: timcote7 from United States

This riveting film is not your typical redemption movie, though you see in a realistic fashion the main character searching for it diligently. Zach Braff plays a man without boundaries or concern for consequence who is suddenly arrested by his own poor choices. The story follows relationships between people who connect, but, just like real life, not quite perfectly. You see the cost of these relationships, and how sometimes there is no pay off. I loved the character development and entire mood of the film. Braff, who I watched religiously on "Scrubs" is phenomenal and unrecognizable from previous roles. The entire cast is great and production and direction may have had budgeting problems, but not enough to take away from this gritty (I promised myself I wouldn't use that word) tale.

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