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Never Forever

3.7 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews

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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: Arts Alliance America
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001840TU8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,661 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Never Forever" on IMDb

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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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Sophie, played by Vera Farmiga, is a upper class Caucasian wife that is married to a successful Korean-American lawyer. Her husband, Andrew, just buried his father and there has always been a wish for a male child to carry on the family lineage. When Andrew finds that he is sterile it drives him to a suicide attempt. All of this devastates Sophie and she is desperate in trying to give him a child although they have tried to conceive before, but to no avail. Sophie then pays for sex to an illegal Korean alien named Jihah to conceive a child for her husband and to save their marriage. She falls in love with Jihah even though she tries not to. The story is compelling in that she has to make a choice between two men that she loves and the future for her and her child. This film addresses so many real life issues on love, interracial marriage, suicide, choices on artificial insemination, abortion, spirituality, and immigration, etc. and the difficulty in making right choices. What is a right choice for one may not be right for another. I think the ending is clear. There are hints that Sophie comes to terms that she has to do what is right for her and her son and bring fulfillment to her life. Sometimes one has to start over from nothing as the film indicates.

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."
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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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I am an avid admirer of Ha Jung Woo. He is such a splendid actor. In this role he plays a difficult character and makes it believable. Farmiga also is just the actress to play this lead against Ha. It was quite believeble for me to watch her difficult decision, because in a Korean chaebol family it is absolutely required that the son will have a child and preferably a boy. It was his inability, and she took her own strength to find a way to satisfy her in-laws. Despite the awkwardness she was ultimately vulnerable to the emotions that developed between her and the Korean worker who needed money. Theycould not avoid the passion between them. I was constantly holding my breath to see them go over the edge of the 'business arrangement'. Ha just became irresistible to her.
. 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.
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I love Vera Farmiga.
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.

S P O I L E R S …..

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.
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