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Never Forever (DVD Review)

8 Jun, 2008 By: Anne Sherber

Never Forever

Prebook 6/10/08; Street 7/15/08
Arts Alliance America
Box Office $0.01 million
$27.95 DVD
Rated ‘R' for sexuality and some language.
Stars Vera Farmiga, Jung-woo Ha, David McInnis.

Cultural divides become almost uncrossable when a Korean-American man (McInnis), the scion of a deeply religious, traditional and insular family, and his blond-haired, blue-eyed wife (Farmiga of The Departed) cannot conceive a child. Both he and his extended family long for a son to carry on the family name. As their chances of becoming pregnant get smaller and smaller, he becomes despondent and suicidal.

While sitting in the waiting room of her fertility clinic, Sophie watches as a young Korean man (Jung-woo), who looks remarkably like her husband, tries unsuccessfully to become a sperm donor for the clinic. She follows him to his boarding house and strikes a bargain with him. She will pay him to have sex with her. She even offers a significant bonus if she becomes pregnant.

For a time, the sex is perfunctory. She wants only to make her husband, who longs for a child of his own, happy. And she sees her infidelity as the only way to give him what he longs for. But, slowly, the pair begins to look forward to their encounters. When she finally becomes pregnant she tries to break off the affair. But neither she nor her lover can let go.

Never Forever is a moody, atmospheric drama that recalls disturbing and sensual films such as Unfaithful and Damage. Farmiga infuses Sophie with a delicate vulnerability coupled with a terrible need to please others. Jung-woo makes his character's journey from disdainful to adoring both believable and inevitable.

The film includes scenes of lovemaking that are frank and more than a little graphic. Consumers interested in a complicated and adult love story will be interested in Never Forever. But those who prefer their dramas a bit less sexy should be steered elsewhere.

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