New Release: The High Cost of Living DVD

Release Date: Oct. 4, 2011
Price: DVD $26.95
Studio: New Video

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Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais form a strange friendship in The High Cost of Living

Zach Braff (TV’s Scrubs) portrays a drug dealer — and not a particularly nice guy — in the offbeat 2010 Canadian drama movie The High Cost of Living.

Braff’s Henry is an American drug dealer living in Montreal. One night, he gets into a car crash involving the beautiful Nathalie (Isabelle Blais, Human Trafficking), a young married women who’s about to have her first child. Learning that Nathalie has her share of problems and feeling guilty over the crash, Henry becomes her unlikely guardian angel, bringing some much-needed calm to the storm of her life.

But Henry has problems of his own, and with his past misdeeds beginning to catch up to him, he realizes that he’s no longer able to hide from his past — or his present. The inevitable impact of his choices forces both Henry and Nathalie to confront their lives head-on and ultimately decide whether the high cost of living is really worth it.

Written and directed by first-time feature film helmer Deborah Chow, The High Cost of Living debuted at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, where it won the award for Best First Canadian Feature.

The unrated movie premiered as a video-on-demand title in the U.S. in April, 2011, followed by a limited run in U.S. theaters in May.

The DVD includes an interview with Braff as a bonus feature.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

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