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The High Cost of Living

Director Deborah Chow
Year 2010
Run Time 92min
Genre Drama
When Henry (Braff) makes a wrong turn and runs his car into Nathalie (Blais), he’s horrified by what he’s done. A drug dealer who’s terrified of being found by the police, Henry takes off, leaving Nathalie — eight months pregnant and unconscious — lying in the street.

In the days to come, Henry is overcome by guilt and sets out to find the woman he hit. Her life nearly destroyed by the accident, Nathalie needs a friend, and ends up finding one in the compassionate and charming Henry. Slowly, Nathalie comes out of her shell and starts to rebuild her life.

As their unlikely relationship develops, Henry must work hard to conceal his real identity and keep the truth from ruining his new friendship.


Deborah Chow

Chow’s short films have played numerous festivals and have been broadcast worldwide. The High Cost of Living won Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF 2010. She directed an adaptation of Flowers in the Attic and many TV shows including Reign, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Better Call Saul, The Mandalorian, American Gods, and most recently, Obi-Wan Kenobi.


Deborah Chow


Zach Braff, Isabelle Blais, Patrick Labbé


Kim Berlin, Susan Schneir




Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

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