Deborah was born in Toronto, Canada, shortly after her parents emigrated from Australia. She completed her undergad at McGill University, and received her M.F.A in directing from Columbia University. She has written and directed two short films, “Daypass” and “The Hill,” both of which toured extensively on the festival circuit and were broadcast worldwide. “The High Cost of Living” is her first feature.
Over the course of a lifetime, everyone pays a price. We all go through things that knock us down and leave us fumbling in the dark, and regardless of how straight or narrow the course—no one gets through life unscathed. Whether it be an illness, an accident or even an infidelity—everyone at some point, pays the cost.
The High Cost of Living is a story about that cost. It’s about the choices we make, the sacrifices, the struggle, the labour and toil; everything we do to try and make our lives worth living. And everything we don’t do, that ends up happening anyway.
Such as an accident. In this story, an accidental collision levies a heavy toll. Henry’s wrong turn leads to a reckoning of his past and present life, and forces him to finally face the consequences of his future. Nathalie’s seemingly secure life unravels after she loses the baby, and her entire future, all of her hopes and dreams, are instantly thrown into question. And from the Asian family who are inadvertently drawn into Henry’s mess to Lille’s struggle with addiction – each and every character is grappling with the cost of living. And although that price varies, all of them must eventually pay it.
But with payment, comes return. And for Henry and Nathalie, that return brings a quality of life that was formerly lacking – an integrity and honesty that allows Henry to face himself in the mirror, and gives Nathalie the chance to discover a better way of living. Because although the cost of living is high, this is a story about realizing that it’s ultimately worth the price.