Forever Mine (1999)

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Writer/director Paul Schrader explored his well-documented interest in film noir with this modern-day crime story. A horribly disfigured man named Manuel Esquema (Joseph Fiennes) is called upon to help out Mark Brice (Ray Liotta), a former city councilman in a wealthy New York community. Brice has been accused of some serious financial irregularities, and Esquema is the sort of "fixer" who might be able to make his problems go away. Mark, however, doesn't recognize Esquema as the former Alan Ripley, who was working as a towel boy at the Florida resort where Mark and his wife Ella (Gretchen Mol) were honeymooning shortly after their marriage. Alan became obsessed with Ella the moment he saw her, and before long the two were engaged in a torrid affair. Ripley urged Ella to leave Mark for him, but she refused; Ripley followed them to New York, and when Ella eventually confessed her infidelity to Mark, he responded by shooting off half of Alan's face. Alan survives and builds a new (and sinister) life for himself, but when Mark hires Esquema to help him, the former Alan's obsession with Ella blooms anew. Forever Mine was screened in competition at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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MGM Pictures, Inc.

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Cast

Joseph Fiennes
as Manuel Esquema/Alan Riply
Ray Liotta
as Mark
John Henry Canavan
as Undercover Cop
Lindsey Connell
as Stewardess
Robert Dodds
as Priest
Jocelyn Snowdon
as Young Associate's Companion
Ted Simonett
as Mr. Gilen
Paulette Sinclair
as Mrs. Gilen
Shawn Proctor
as Cabana Boy
Russell Blackwell
as Business Associate
Ronald Knight
as Executive's Companion
Christian Potenza
as Corrections Officer
James McCauley
as Justice Department Official
Tim Post
as Paramedic
Scott Wickware
as Plain Clothesman
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Audience Reviews for Forever Mine

Well, I still like stories but don't let the crime/drama description fool you. This is definitely a chick flick and a thin one at that.

Rick LeBlanc
Rick LeBlanc
½

I like the stars, the often underrated Gretchel Mol. Joseph Fiennes is a good actor, and Ray Liotta usually adds an interesting appeal to a film. Veteran director Paul Schrader is at the helm. So, what happened? This is so slow moving, the screenplay and the delivery of it, fails to convince. Even the score is lethargic. If you can get past the snail pace of the film, it has some good cinematography.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

50/100. I like the stars, the often underrated Gretchel Mol. Joseph Fiennes is a good actor, and Ray Liotta usually adds an interesting appeal to a film. Veteran director Paul Schrader is at the helm. So, what happened? This is so slow moving, the screenplay and the delivery of it, fails to convince. Even the score is lethargic. If you can get past the snail pace of the film, it has some good cinematography.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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