The High Cost of Living

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Not to be confused with "High Cost of Living", a song from the Jamey Johnson album That Lonesome Song.
The High Cost of Living
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Deborah Chow
Produced by Kim Berlin
Susan Schneir
Written by Deborah Chow
Starring Zach Braff
Isabelle Blais
Patrick Labbé
Music by Normand Corbeil
Cinematography Claudine Sauvé
Edited by Jonathan Alberts
Benajmin Duffield
Distributed by Tribeca Film
Release dates
  • 15 September 2010 (2010-09-15) (Toronto)
  • 22 April 2011 (2011-04-22)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
Country Canada
Language English and French

The High Cost Of Living is a 2010 indie drama film set in Montreal, Canada, starring Zach Braff, Isabelle Blais and Aimee Lee. Written and directed by Deborah Chow and set in Montreal, the film centers on a young, pregnant woman whose world falls apart when she loses her child in a hit and run accident.

The film made its debut at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released theatrically in April 2011. It won TIFF's award for Best Canadian First Feature Film.


The story tells of a young, pregnant woman (Isabelle Blais) 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 (Zach Braff), a down and out guardian angel who has followed her thread. But Henry is not quite an angel, and she struggles to come to terms with the loss. Nathalie begins to rely on Henry, and even begin to love him. However, it becomes apparent to Nathalie that he is a drug dealer, and she accepts this but tells him he should change his ways. Later, as Nathalie and the police are trying to find the man that hit her, it is revealed to be Henry. He then goes to her telling he will turn himself in because that is all he can give her since she cannot forgive him. To prove that he will he calls the detective and leaves his number. Earlier in the movie she asked him if he would accompany her when she gives birth to her stillborn, in the end he still goes. After the OR doors shut on him, the police return his call.



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