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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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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.
Vera Farmiga is one of the best actresses of all time. I don't think anyone tops her. She can be funny, honest, open, emotional, sensual, innocent and passionate, all at once in the characters and roles she chooses, and it seems that all of it comes so natural for her. She is a consummate actress. Vera gives 100% in every performance I have seen. It is such a delight to follow her career and I am looking forward to more films like this one with better distribution to fans everywhere. I know I will watch this film again in the future as it just "grabs you."
. I have only one slight critical note. I wanted to see Ha Jung Woo with her and his two children in the beach scene at the end. You just know they are a happy family and she is finally a glowing woman who is satisfied with her life.
I truly loved this film and highly recommend it.
To appreciate the breadth of Ha Jung Woo as a serious actor it is fascinating to watch him in another film ..'The Chaser'.
Very harsh and a very heavy sinister film.
I also love her little sister, Taissa Farmiga, who looks so much like her and is also a really good actress.
This movie was unique.
It started off interesting and slowly became suspenseful until I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and how it would end.
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I would have liked some backstory, such as how Sophie ended up with a Korean man and why, especially when he is so religious and she is not. What kind of work did Andrew do? He obviously worked long hours and made amazing money (because Sophie did not work and always expected Andrew home late, plus they had a nice house (out of Manhattan) and a maid).
Why was Andrew suicidal - - was it just that the death of his father was too much? Or that he couldn't have a child with his wife? I don't think that is enough for a man who has everything to want to die, so I would have liked more explanation. I saw from the beginning that Andrew had emotional problems, by the way that he practically raped Sophie right after the funeral, with broken glass all over the floor.
What did Sophie do all day? She didn't work, didn't "volunteer" as the maid called it, didn't clean the house (the maid did all the work), didn't cook (the mother-in-law was a better cook). She obviously did a lot of shopping because she had designer clothes and shoes and lingerie. So, she had plenty of free time to find some trouble to get into. I thought that it was funny the way that Sophie neatly folded her clothes and put them into plastic ziplock bags.
The movie really surprised me, especially the ending.
I kept guessing what would happen next, and I was wrong each time.
I expected a twist, but what I expected did not happen.Read more ›
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