The High Cost of Living

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  • Summary: What do you do when the best and the worst moment of your life happens at the exact same time? Henry is not a particularly nice guy. He is a drug dealer because he is good at it. Nathalie is a beautiful young woman, married and about to have her first child. One night, Henry makes a wrongWhat do you do when the best and the worst moment of your life happens at the exact same time? Henry is not a particularly nice guy. He is a drug dealer because he is good at it. Nathalie is a beautiful young woman, married and about to have her first child. One night, Henry makes a wrong turn and their lives tragically collide. As Natalie’s life unravels, Henry becomes her unlikely guardian angel - compassionate, charming and some much needed calm in the storm of her life. She finds a welcome relief in the tall, rumpled stranger that seems only too willing to offer her refuge. But Henry has his own problems. His past misdeeds are catching up to him and he soon discovers that he is no longer able to outrun his past or his present. The inevitable impact of his choices force both Henry and Nathalie to confront loss, love and life, and to ultimately decide whether the high cost of living is worth the price. (Tribeca Film) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    May 13, 2011
    80
    Set in a noirish, gleaming Montreal, this handsome, captivating, well-paced and stylish film is fully realized in every aspect.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    May 14, 2011
    70
    The cast is uniformly good, but Isabelle Blais especially stands out as Natalie.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sep 6, 2011
    60
    Shared tragedy can bind together the most unlikely of people. Movies often make too much of that truism, but surprisingly committed performances from actors like these can still make it feel like something meaningful.
  4. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Sep 8, 2011
    40
    This debut feature by the Canadian director Deborah Chow is so artistically well-intentioned and earnest in its ambitions that you can almost forgive the banality of its every scene.
  5. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    May 9, 2011
    40
    Although there are moments when lead thesps Zach Braff ("Scrubs", "Garden State") and Isabelle Blais just about pull off the implausible conceit, the picture still suffers from major problems of tone as well as stilted camerawork and editing.
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Sep 6, 2011
    30
    Deborah Chow's ridiculously implausible yet still predictable tale of guilt and redemption is so bipolar in tone that when it's not a more linear rip-off of Guillermo Arriaga's grim and gritty melodramas (21 Grams, Babel), it's the kind of quirky indie romance that made Braff's name.
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  1. Jan 6, 2013
    4
    It was just okay. The movie is passed really well but the writing of the dialogue between the two doesn't really become good dialogue leadingIt was just okay. The movie is passed really well but the writing of the dialogue between the two doesn't really become good dialogue leading to a lapse of actual growth and leaves you feeling like well what the hell was that. However, the acting was good Expand

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