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Never Forever (2007)

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80

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Korean filmmaker Gina Kim directed this erotic drama about a woman's dangerous response to her husband's fertility issues. The Departed's Vera Farmiga stars as Sophie, an American woman married to Korean-American Andrew (David McInnis). When Andrew's inability to impregnate Sophie leads him to attempt suicide, Sophie seeks the help of a fertility clinic, but is turned away. Desperate to save her marriage, she begins paying Korean immigrant Jihah (Ha Jung-woo) for sex, in hopes that she'll become

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Art House & International, Drama

Jul 15, 2008

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Vera Farmiga is the best American actress you've never heard of.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
San Francisco Chronicle
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If Adrian Lyne directed a racy Lifetime movie, then asked Danielle Steel what to call it, you'd pretty much have Never Forever, a sudsy chamber piece that's engrossing despite its many plot holes and contrivances.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It's like a Lana Turner vehicle that's too meek to be Last Tango in Chinatown.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Never Forever has the steaminess of pulp and the stateliness of art.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Farmiga elevates the material of this melodramatic soaper into something nearly profound.

April 18, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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While Never Forever lingers in the thick of sex, lies and anxiety, it is something to see.

April 11, 2008
New York Times
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Never Forever has a lot going for it; it's just a shame its inner trashiness is concealed.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

For a film as gentle, meaningful, and tender as Never Forever, the picture can be forgiven such old-fashioned melodramatic extravagance to make a lasting impression.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

The indie version of a Harlequin romance

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

This erotically charged melodrama about two vastly different Korean experiences in New York City and the Caucasian woman straddling both is beautifully directed by Gina Kim who balances emotional subtleties and highly charged scenarios without ever losing

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

An engaging, sexy film the punctuates one of the many unusual ways that women today can become pregnant.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Every scene is powerfully packed with conflict, and the movie races along to a very uncertain climax.

April 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A beautiful and insightful picture.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Beautifully shot and acted, with a heartbreaking story, Never Forever is worth the effort.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The narrative is weak and the ending fake, but Gina Kim's interracial romantic melodrama is well shot and acted, particularly by Vera Farmiga as a sexually repressed wife.

January 29, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Audience Reviews for Never Forever

Sad movie that begins with a couple unable to deal honestly with one another. The young, beautiful wife feels powerless to help her husband out of his funk over his inability to produce an heir until she hits on a plan. The plan backfires when she develops feelings for the young man she selects as the surrogate father. The entanglements lead to a powerful, sad conclusion and we are left with the vague feeling that everything has worked out for the best. There is a religious element in this film that helps to explain the couple's inability to talk about their problems and that aspect felt real. There are a couple of scenes where, as the illicit relationship became more intimate and personal, Ms Farmiga's character, radiantly beautiful, almost ethereal, as the emotionally fragile wife, became more inhibited when they came together. This viewer is not sure what was lacking, but something prevents me from giving this film a higher rating. However, not a film I will easily forget, either.
October 4, 2008
Mark Abell

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[font=Century Gothic]"Never Forever" starts with the funeral of Andrew's(David McInnis) father. Even though they are very well off, things have been rough for Andrew and his blonde wife, Sophie(Vera Farmiga, who is superb), lately due to her not being able to conceive a child due to Andrew's sterility. His devout Christian family of Korean origin prays for them constantly, an activity Sophie has little practice with. One day, she notices Jihah(Jung-woo Ha) at the fertility clinic who has his sperm rejected because he has overstayed his visa from Korea. She follows him to Chinatown but does not approach. But Andrew's suicide attempt drives her to the desperate action to make a direct appeal to Jihah...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Never Forever" owes more than a little to "Lady Chatterley's Lover," especially in its depiction of sex and class issues. Even though Sophie and Andrew are both of the affluent classes(maybe they met at college?), there is still a cultural gap between them which pushes Sophie onto a path away from her normally sterile existence that would have been unthinkable just a short time before. And while it may never hurt to pray, real results come when you take things into your own hands.[/font]
April 15, 2008
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Walter M.

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