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by Philippe Le Guay


A compulsive miser who won’t pay his restaurant bill. A restaurant owner whose generosity is making him go broke. A mysterious women who’s determined to make men pay. A factory owner who sells off his factories at cut-rate prices after a heart attack. A young woman who has just come into a large inheritance who wants to be loved just for herself. During the course of a few days, these characters will cross paths. Through their interwoven stories, “Le coût de la vie” tries to identify our personal relationship with money. Where does our ability to handle money or our casual attitude to it spring from? Why do some people spend in a frenetic way while others cling on to their money as though it were one of the most vital parts of their being? We think we’re talking about money, but in fact we’re talking about love.

original title: Le Coût de la Vie
country: France
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Philippe Le Guay
film run: 110'
release date: FR 30/07/2003, CH 27/08/2003, BE 24/09/2003
screenplay: Philippe Le Guay, Jean-François Goyet
cast: Vincent Lindon, Fabrice Luchini, Géraldine Pailhas, Isild Le Besco, Lorànt Deutsch, Claude Rich
cinematography by: Laurent Machuel
film editing: Martine Giordano
art director: Jimmy Vansteenkiste
costumes designer: Anne Schotte
music: Philippe Rombi
producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint
production: Les Films des Tournelles, M6 Films, Gimages, Renn Productions (FR)
distributor: Pathé Distribution, Monopole Pathé (CH), Alternative Films (BE), Metro Tartan (UK)
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