Never Forever (2007)

Never Forever



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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 … More

Rating: R (for sexuality and some language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gina Kim
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 15, 2008
Prime Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Never Forever

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

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

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

Full Review… | May 2, 2008
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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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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

[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]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


God, I could watch Vera Farmiga ALL day. The lady controls the screen. I can never keep my eyes off her. I'm referring to her acting, as well, which is the highlight of the film. The story is good but not delivered effectively. It strives more for melodrama than reality. Also, I wish we were given a stronger sense of the husband. We just see him do some a couple shitty things and complain a couple times. I'm complaining about that, but I will NEVER complain about Vera Farmiga or the score, which I greatly dig.

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