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  • Actors: Vera Farmiga, David L. McInnis, Ha Jeong-woo, Ha Jung-woo, Hwa-Si Lee
  • Directors: Gina Kim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance America
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001840TU8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Never Forever" on IMDb

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Sophie seems to have an idyllic life; she's the perfect housewife for Andrew, her successful husband. Their relationship is put to the test, though, when she can't conceive a child. To save her marriage, Sophie does something desperate. She initiates a bold and clandestine venture with Jihah, an illegal immigrant from Korea. Sophie soon finds this new arrangement spiraling into a situation that may actually destroy what it was meant to liberate. Stars Vera Farmiga (Down to the Bone, The Departed, Joshua)

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Reviewed for CompuServe By Harvey Karten. "Never Forever"; an awkward title for a film that might better be called "Pleasure for Sale"; were that not the actual title of a Sundance Channel series about the friendly relationships of hookers and their clients, features explicitly sexual scenes which are obligatory if writer-director Kim is to have her audience believe in the emotional changes of this odd couple. Sophie, a woman who can afford to stay at home in a location that could be Scarsdale or Greenwich, finds common ground with Jihah, an illegal immigrant working jobs at a meat-packing plant and a dry-cleaning store before taking a third and more unusual and lucrative occupation. Andrew does not quite appreciate Sophie's motivations upon his discovery of the clandestine meetings: the lives of the three are to change dramatically in a film that compels our attention. --Rotten Tomatoes

Reviewed By Mary Block...The motivations are thin, but Farmiga's painfully unguarded performance keeps the film from degenerating into dismissible soap drama. Sophie visibly self-destructs as the boundaries that define her relationship with the man she's hired to impregnate her become increasingly blurred. Korean star Ha struggles with the English dialogue, but is intriguingly masculine and defenseless as Farmiga's illegal immigrant lover. Cinematographer Matthew Clark's trembling, tightly-focused camerawork keeps the viewer uncomfortably close to the messy situation, and the terrifying brightness of Sophie's townhouse in Brooklyn contrasts startlingly with the warm darkness of Jihah's Chinatown hovel. Writer and director Kim's deep investment in the subject matter is apparent, but consequently seems to be the source of the melodrama (and the positioning of husband Andrew as a monstrous, unfeeling archetype). The narrative isn't perfect, but no one seems to have entered half-heartedly into Never Forever. --The L Magazine

"Never Forever" The return of nervy, oughta-be-a-star Vera Farmiga ("Breaking and Entering," "The Departed"). In Gina Kim's drama, a 2007 Sundance selection, the actress plays a New Yorker married to a Korean-American lawyer (David McInnis) but unable to have a child. Desperate to conceive, she embarks on a relationship with a Korean illegal immigrant (Ha Jung-woo, "Time"). Regardless of the movie, Farmiga's worth seeing in anything and buzz about her performance here is strong. --Boston Globe

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I loved the happy ending!
Ruthie
Excellent story, great acting, great photography, background music, handsome actors.
P. Anders
As Sophie, she is a woman motivated by her strong love for her husband.
Lee Armstrong

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Slingshot on June 3, 2010
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There's something about 'Never Forever' that was so intriguing to me- I rented it and watched it 3 times. I later decided I really wanted to own it.

Vera Farmiga plays Sophie Lee, an upper class woman married to a successful Korean businessman who is troubled and depressed. The couple desperately want children but the husband is unable to make Sophie conceive. After his suicide attempt, Sophie steps well out of her comfortable world and in desperation secretly propositions a poor illegal Korean alien to get her pregnant. It is amazing to watch her and her 'hired man' move from total strangers 'in business' to an unexpected and very passionate love affair which opens a fresh world for Sophie, free from her husband's controlling nature. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mack E. Tan on April 2, 2010
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I agree with the other reviewer that if it weren't for Netflix, I wouldn't have discovered this film. After watching it, then rewatching it online, I was lucky enough to find it in a sale bin at Blockbuster. Vera is absolutely magnificent as the passionate wife of a Korean American who wants desperately to give him the child that both he and his family expects. He's infertile, so she pays an illegal immigrant Korean to impregnate her, Jung Woo-ha (who is a well know actor in Korea), and what starts as business becomes something else entirely. The music is wonderful and this is a strong writing of love happening despite one's intentions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 7340 on November 3, 2011
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SPOILER ALERT> People think that the ending is not clear. IT IS. He had one call allowed from jail and she answered it! They're a happy family. But I think the director wanted to show that Sophie found peace within herself and that she wasn't going to do anything to please anyone else if it didn't please her. I think it was a great ending, except the fact that the kid looked TOTALLY white, not half asian. That's the only part that had me confused wondering if she even had a korean husband.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By longbrownhair on June 22, 2013
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The film was interesting. The ending was a disappointment, and as another reviewer wrote, the child didn't look half-Asian, which also left me (as that other reviewer), wondering if the father of the child was Asian. I'm not a fan of confusing films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MC on September 14, 2012
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I really was happy to discover Never Forever. Vera is excellent in this, and the complexity of the issues and relationships is engrossing. Well worth the watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr. contrarian on August 27, 2012
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A woman begins with no direction except to please her Korean husband at any cost. She makes a very unconventional decision which creates problems. This is the only place I feel the script begins to fall a little short. The relationship never develops any of the ways it would have to in real life. It could have used another 10 or 15 minutes and a more detailed ending.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on July 14, 2008
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Gina Kim's first attempt at a big film with known actors was a courageous project with a harsh subject matter. She decided to write and direct a film that captures the personal transformation of an emotionally stunted woman, who in short order, sacrifices herself for the sake of her husband's happiness but ends up finding love, passion and inner peace through motherhood.

Vera Farmiga plays the lead role, showcasing her inter-racial Korean marriage to a wealthy New York lawyer. Their inability to have a child has driven a wedge between them that appears to be destroying their partnership. Through a variety of scenes and events, she decides to pay for the "donations" of another Korean man to help anonymously become pregnant and save her marriage. The remainder of the film shows the inevitable destruction of her relationship and the consequences of creating such a pact. Several other small plot lines play out to show the culture she lives in, including an overbearing mother-in-law and Korean pastor who both impose their faith-laden ways in trying to make her become pregnant.

The film is shot with long scenes of non-dialogue and lengthy views of New York City. The sex scenes are graphic yet passionate, mainly because Vera made all of her intimacy so heartfelt. She is very believable in displaying her transformation, and you realize the film becomes all about her and not the actual relationships. The ending was deliberately vague, but if you look closely at the small details, there are several clues as to what has happened.

The DVD has two small featurettes (3 and 7 minutes) that provide little regarding the film. One is shot in Korean with no English subtitles, the other is more of a blooper and gag reel of the actors during filming with no narration.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on December 9, 2012
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One of the best movies I've ever seen! It was a very tragic story line that had a happy ending! I really recommend this movie! I love it!
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