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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


Jonathan Joffe


Jonathan Joffe
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Credited cast:
William B. Davis ... Mark Mortinson
Andrew Krivanek ... 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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2005 (Canada) See more »

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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6 September 2007 | by druss44121-1See 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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