Never Forever (2007)
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as Ming Ming
as Yeon-Ja Lee
as Plainclothes Detective
as Laundromat Owner
as Jihah's Coworker
as Taxi Driver
as Cab Driver
Critic Reviews for Never Forever
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.
It's like a Lana Turner vehicle that's too meek to be Last Tango in Chinatown.
Farmiga elevates the material of this melodramatic soaper into something nearly profound.
While Never Forever lingers in the thick of sex, lies and anxiety, it is something to see.
Audience Reviews for Never Forever
Solid, but it never digs very deep with the characters. The characters never feel like more than types. Didn't buy Sophie falling in love with Jihah, she comes across as mostly just lonely and sad.
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.
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.
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