Never Forever

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Overview

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 pregnant and Andrew ...
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Overview

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 pregnant and Andrew will be none the wiser. As on might expect, though, the relationship between Sophie and Jihah evolves into something more than either bargained for.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original Korean featurette; Never Forever in New York featurette; Photo gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • UPC: 829567052228
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Arts Alliance Amer
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,763

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vera Farmiga Sophie
Ha Jeong-woo Jihah
David L. McInnis Andrew
Hwa-Si Lee
Hettienne Park Ming Ming
Technical Credits
Gina Kim Director, Screenwriter
Stephen Barden Editor
Pete Beaudreau Editor
Brian Bell Co-producer
Lee Chang-dong Producer
Matt Clark Cinematographer
Matthew Clark Cinematographer
Lee Joon Dong Producer
Teresa Duncan Costumes/Costume Designer
Yoo Eun-Jung Associate Producer
Andrew Fierberg Producer
Shin Sang Han Executive Producer
Charles Hunt Sound/Sound Designer
Kim Kyung Hyun Co-producer
Ha Jeong-woo Producer
Baek Jong Jin Executive Producer
Heidi Levitt Casting
Marco Londoner Asst. Director
Kelly McCormick Associate Producer
Steven Nam Co-producer
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Jeff Pullman Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Schnee Casting
Lucio Seixas Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Never Forever
1. Difficult Times [11:03]
2. The Fertility Clinic [3:48]
3. The Proposal [11:07]
4. Just Business [13:04]
5. Flared Emotions [9:09]
6. Secret Past [8:26]
7. Sophie and Andrew Expecting [7:37]
8. Sophie's Return [9:30]
9. The Truth Revealed [8:38]
10. Jihah's Deportation [11:37]
11. The Beach [2:49]
12. End Credits [4:31]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Never Forever
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   Scene Selections
   Bonus Features
      Original Korean Featurette
      Never Forever in New York Featurette
      Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Acts of Love

    NEVER FOREVER is a well-developed, well-written and well-directed film by Gina Kim, and with an actress with the stature of Vera Farmiga in the difficult lead role, it is frustrating to see that this fine film didn't last on theater screens. But as with many of the other treasurable small independent films, this one feels even better in the privacy of the home - the small screen somehow allows the powerful emotions of the story to be more focused. Sophie (Vera Farmiga) is the beautiful Caucasian wife of wealthy and respected Korean Andrew (David Lee McInnis) and the couple seem to have it all - looks, a close-knit family, beautiful home, etc. - but there is an underlying tension: Sophie and Andrew have been unable to conceive and bear a child, a fact that troubles Andrew's very orthodox Christian family and profoundly affects Andrew's sense of worth. Though the couple has sought professional assistance, their marriage remains barren. Andrew's fragile stance results in a suicide attempt and in trying to correct the cause of this tragedy, Sophie decides she will attempt to conceive from a donor. Because both members of a couple must consent to artificial insemination, Sophie's plan is thwarted except for one aspect: visiting the clinic she has selected is a young Korean man named Jihah (Jung-woo Ha) who is attempting to be a sperm donor but is rejected because he is an illegal immigrant. Overhearing this exchange, Sophie follows Jihah and finally discovers where he lives. She approaches him with a business deal - she will pay him $300. for each session and when she becomes pregnant she will pay him $30,000. Jihah is shy at first, but he is working in a meat packing plant and dry cleaners trying to save enough money to bring his girlfriend from Korea to the USA. Desperate for money Jihah consents and Sophie begins her visits to him when her cycle is conducive to conception. The relationship is one of quick polite encounters, careful to avoid interpersonal factors that might make either partner uncomfortable. But a sense of interdependence evolves, and when Sophie achieves pregnancy, the couple decides to part ways. Sophie's pregnancy at first overjoys Andrew and his family and the couple's future looks bright. But both Sophie and Jihah are unable to dismiss the intimacy of the relationship they have developed, Andrew discovers Sophie's adventure, and the marriage falls apart while Jihah informs his girlfriend in Korea that he will never be able to bring her to America. At this vulnerable point the film simply ends - some years later Sophie is at the beach with her son and is again very pregnant and the viewer is left to decide the resolution. Vera Farmiga is even more beautiful in this role than her many other roles and never for a moment loses out empathy and understanding of the decisions she makes. Both of the men are strong as are the various actors who flesh out the film. This is a tough topic to relate, but writer/director Gina Kim allows the acts of love to be the memorable echo the film leaves behind. Grady Harp

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