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Forever Mine -- An affair between a cabana boy and the young wife of a sinister politician triggers a 16-year vendetta between the two men.


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An affair between a cabana boy and the young wife of a sinister politician triggers a 16-year vendetta between the two men. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Joseph Fiennes ... Manuel Esquema / Alan Riply

Ray Liotta ... Mark Brice

Gretchen Mol ... Ella Brice

Vincent Laresca ... Javier Cesti

Myk Watford ... Rick Martino
Lindsey Connell ... Stewardess

Sean Cw Johnson ... Randy (as Sean C W Johnson)
Shawn Proctor ... Cabana Boy
Russell Blackwell ... Business Associate
Jocelyn Snowdon ... Young Associate's Companion
Kevi Katsuras ... Julie, Six Year-old Girl

Shannon Lawson ... Emily, Julie's Mother
Ronald Knight ... Older Male Executive
Ginger King ... Older Male's Companion
Ted Simonett ... Mr. Galen
Paulette Sinclair ... Mrs. Galen
Robert Dodds ... Priest
Scott Wickware ... 1st Plainclothesman

John Henry Canavan ... 2nd Plainclothesman
Christian Potenza ... Corrections Officer
Rick Quitana ... Dead Man on Toilet

John Nelles ... Bill Raich
Catherine Hayos ... Librarian

Reagan Pasternak ... Miami Tan Attendant
James McCauley ... Justice Department Official

Tim Post ... Paramedic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matt Birman ... Sand Pit Killer (uncredited)
Jill Curran ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Thomas Livezey ... Valet (uncredited)
Alison MacLeod ... (uncredited)
Peter Millard ... (uncredited)
Adrian Mojica ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Gustavo Perez ... Cabana Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
Writing credits
Paul Schrader (written by)

Produced by
Joseph Boccia .... line producer
Kathleen Haase .... producer
Amy J. Kaufman .... producer
Damita Nikapota .... producer
Stella Nwimo .... assistant producer
Julia Palau .... executive producer
Matthew Payne .... executive producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Kathleen Chopin 
Diane Kerbel 
Production Design by
François Séguin 
Art Direction by
Paul D. Austerberry 
Set Decoration by
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
Makeup Department
Carole Barone .... makeup artist: New York
David R. Beecroft .... makeup artist
Mario Cacioppo .... assistant makeup artist
Karola Dirnberger .... assistant hair stylist
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Lee Grimes .... makeup artist
Christine Hart .... makeup department head
Sarah Love .... hair stylist: Joseph Fiennes
Sarah Love .... hair stylist: Ray Liotta
Daniel Parker .... makeup artist
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Diana Thomas-Madison .... key makeup artist: Florida (as Diana Thomas)
Matthew Smith .... conceptual designer: prosthetic makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph Boccia .... unit production manager
Diane Foti .... production supervisor: Florida
Amy J. Kaufman .... unit production manager (as Amy Kaufman)
Yael Melamede .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Roth .... unit production manager: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... second assistant director: New York (as Robert Albertell)
Penny Charter .... second assistant director
Walter Gasparovic .... assistant director
Kirsteen McLean .... third assistant director
Leo Scherman .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Bob Arriette .... scenic artist: New York
Robert Bonney .... assistant head carpenter
Tracey Budd .... set dresser
Tim Cambell .... assistant scenic painter
Carlos Caneca .... lead man
Carlos Caneca .... lead set dresser
Eva P. Davy .... camera scenic: New York (as Eva Davy)
Nicole Elespuru .... art department coordinator: Florida
Steven Elliston .... head carpenter
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator
William F. Gambill .... scenic artist
Peter Gelfman .... property master: New York
Ronald D. Grant .... propmaker
James Halpenny .... construction coordinator (as Jim Halpenny)
Brian Hess .... assistant on-set dresser: New York
Ron Hewitt .... assistant props
Mark Horstmann .... construction coordinator: New York
Tim Hurton .... key scenic painter
Mayumi Konishi-Valentine .... art department apprentice (as Mayumi Konishi)
Chuck Loriot .... stand-by carpenter
Scott Lyons .... art department apprentice
Fidelma Magill .... set buyer
Robin McAllister .... assistant props: New York
David Mosall .... propmaker (as Dave Mosall)
Shannon Mullins .... propmaker
Greg Pelchat .... on-set dresser
Aeschylus Poulos .... art department coordinator
Vic Rigler .... property master
Jeffrey Rollins .... on-set dresser: New York (as Jeff Rollins)
Charles Sharon .... head painter
Erin W. Sibley .... art department coordinator: New York
Gray Smith .... propmaker
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Rich Swim .... second assistant props: Florida (as Richard Swin)
William Tabor .... construction coordinator: Florida (as Bill Tabor)
Jeffrey Scott Taylor .... set decorator: Florida
Eileen Thoresen .... assistant props: Florida
Dan Wladyka .... set dresser
Sound Department
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer: New York
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator
Jeff Cannon .... boom operator: Florida
Danielle Capawanna .... post coordinator
Bruce Carwardine .... sound mixer
Christian Castellano .... sound re-recordist
Joshua Chase .... sound editorial intern
Mick Gormaley .... assistant sound editor
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Colin Jones .... boom operator
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Jamie Lowry .... assistant sound editor
Tony Martinez .... supervising dialogue editor (as Tony Martínez)
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Michael W. Mitchell .... sound effects editor
Alex Raspa .... assistant adr engineer
Jacob Ribicoff .... sound editor
Paul P. Soucek .... supervising sound editor
Bill Sweeney .... foley editor (as William Sweeney)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording engineer
Luke Thorpe .... apprentice sound editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Steven Visscher .... sound effects editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... sound editor
Daniel Ward .... apprentice sound editor
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects assistant
Richard Lee Jones .... special effects: Florida (as Rick Jones)
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects coordinator
Daniel White .... special effects technician (as Danny White)
Brittney Banks .... stunt rigger
Matt Birman .... stunts
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer
Steve Lucescu .... stunts
Darren Marsman .... stunts
Layton Morrison .... stunts
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunt double: Ray Liotta (as Ed Queffelec)
Kevin Rushton .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunt driver
Bryan Thomas .... stunt double
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... camera operator: New York
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer: USA
Scott Blynder .... vtr operator
Paul Bolton .... electrician
David Breeze .... gaffer
Aryn Chapman .... camera loader: New York
Angelo Colavecchia .... camera operator
Dave Cook .... best boy: Florida
Tim Davis .... video assist operator
Geoffrey James Dixon .... electrician: Florida
Tom Durkin .... grip: Florida
Sam Eldridge .... generator operator
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator: "b" camera
Kenneth Fundus .... key grip: New York (as Ken Fundus)
Darcy Gasparovic .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Larry Gianneschi IV .... loader: Florida
Glen Goodchild .... grip
Wayne Goodchild .... grip
Michael Hall .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Mike Hall)
John Harper .... second assistant camera
Kevin Janicelli .... gaffer: New York
Keith Kastner .... grip: New York
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip
George Kraychyk .... still photographer: Canada
Sal Lanza .... grip: New York
Michael Logan .... best boy grip: Florida (as Mike Logan)
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera: Florida (as Robert Mancuso)
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera: New York (as Robert Mancuso)
Mike Moyer .... gaffer
Charlie Price .... best boy grip: New York
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Barry Ryan .... grip: Florida
Eileen Schreiber .... second assistant camera: New York
Dave C. Sheridan .... first assistant camera (as David Sheridan)
Samuel Turturici .... grip (as Sam Turturici)
Michael J. Walsh .... electrician
Gregg M. Wolf .... grip: Florida
Ron Yolevsky .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Abe Forman-Greenwald .... casting assistant
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia S. Bubis .... wardrobe assistant: Florida
Donna Butt .... wardrobe assistant
Melody Haines .... wardrobe buyer: Florida
Theresa Mulconey .... wardrobe assistant: Florida
Marcia Patten .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Stephanie Polo .... wardrobe assistant: Florida
Karen Renaut .... wardrobe mistress
Robert Roberts .... assistant wardrobe master (as Rob Roberts)
Anita Simard .... wardrobe assistant
Emae Villalobos .... costumer
Delphine White .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Tony Grocki .... assistant editor
Michelle Harrison .... associate editor
Russell Langille .... first assistant editor: film
Judy Moon .... post-production assistant
Brigitte Rabazo .... first assistant editor
Shelby Siegel .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Robert Mackintosh .... music supervisor
William Pearson .... music engineer (as Bill Pearson)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Toby Wood .... music recording engineer
Transportation Department
Tom Heilig .... transportation captain: New York
Ron Hilts .... head driver
Vic Nowak .... transportation co-captain: New York
Jay Palomino .... transportation coordinator: Florida
Nick Sweetman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Virginia Alves .... accounting assistant
Erica Bamforth .... assistant to director
Erica Bamforth .... set production assistant: New York
Debra Beers .... location manager
Carrie Bramlett .... set production assistant: Florida
Jeff Brush .... craft service
Kathryn Buck .... script supervisor
Augie Carton .... set production assistant: New York
Karen de Montbrun .... production accountant
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Lisa Etherington .... assistant accountant: Florida
Joe Facey .... craft service: New York
Michael Ferrara .... set production assistant
Diane Foti .... location manager: Florida
Gina Fowler .... production coordinator
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Hans Graffunder .... production coordinator: New York
Anthony F. Grani .... office production assistant (as Anthony Grani)
Rebecca Gray .... first assistant accountant
Nathan Griffin .... office production assistant: Florida
Paul Hiscock .... assistant: Joseph Fiennes
Pam Holdridge .... production coordinator: Florida
Alan Jacques .... projectionist
Ryan Paul James .... stand-in
Jessica Johnson Tavenner .... production secretary (as Jessica Johnson)
Lauren Klane .... set production assistant: New York
Beverley Kolbe .... assistant location manager
Jason Laub .... office production assistant: New York
Luis Lopez .... office production assistant: New York
Yael Melamede .... assistant to producers
Deborah Mermelstein .... completion bond
Debra Mintz .... set production assistant: New York
Wendy Mooradian .... assistant production coordinator
Fred Moyse .... set paramedic: Florida
Jason Murphy .... set production assistant: Florida
Kevon Murphy .... location assistant: New York
John Nelles .... dialect coach
Stuart Nicolai .... assistant location manager: New York
Murphy Occhino .... set production assistant: New York
Michael Pesce .... office production assistant
Bob Presner .... completion bond
Carla Raij .... location manager: New York
Robin M. Reelis .... assistant production coordinator
Ian Smith .... location production assistant
Jocelyn Snowdon .... choreographer
Joseph Sozzani .... productions assistant: Florida
David Steinberg .... legal
Cassidy Watkins .... assistant: Gretchen Mol
Cheeba White .... key set production assistant
Cheeba White .... key set production assistant: Florida
Alexandra Zabriskie .... assistant to director
Andreas Zachai .... assistant location manager: Florida
Gregg Zambrovitz .... set production assistant: Florida (as Greg Zambrovitz)
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong sexuality and violence, and for language
115 min | France:112 min | Germany:113 min
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Slow and largely uninvolving Romantic Drama, 6 July 2001
Author: Daniel J. Fienberg (d_fienberg) from Los Angeles, CA

There is a mystery at the heart of Forever Mine, the most recent downturn in writer-director Paul Schrader's roller coaster of a career. The mystery involves a man in the first class section of an airplane to New York, circa 1987. The man looks a little bit like Joseph Fiennes, but he is wearing a goofy make-up job to imply scarring and he is speaking with a goofy accent to add intrigue. And thus the mystery can be summed up with a series of questions: Who? Who is this man? What? What is he going to New York to do, dressed as a drug dealer? And Why? Why would anybody cast Joseph Fiennes for a part that required acting? Sure, Fiennes is perfectly skilled at looking soulful, but anything beyond that -- accent, characterization, etc -- is out of his range.

We cut quickly from the plane to "14 years earlier" where we see Fiennes again, now much younger. We know he's younger because he isn't scarred and he doesn't have a goatee. He also isn't speaking with a thick Cuban accent anymore. He has a strange accent that waffles between British, "American," and "Latino." Fiennes is Alan, a cabana boy at a Miami resort. His friend Javier is trying to convince him that he should enter the drug game to make some real money. But Alan has clearly seen DePalma's Scarface, Blow, and a number of other drug movies and he has more legitimate dreams, starting, apparently, with bedding the wife (Gretchen Mol) of a New York businessman (Ray Liotta). Alan and the wife, Ella, begin perhaps the most public affair in cinema history. They make out down the beach from her husband, they get all kissy at local bars, and then have emotional conversations outside her hotel room. And the husband doesn't find out. But then it's time for the couple leave, but soulful Fiennes cannot let Ella go. We're not really sure why, though. As a character, she's a total cypher. Schrader gives her one or two expositional confessional moments, but that's about it.

So of course the relationship is at least temporarily doomed. But in Schrader's universe we knew that before Alan and Ella even kissed, because we know that she's Catholic and that guilt and morality will quickly come into play. As with several other Schrader works, religious fervor is the central plot device, which leads to Alan's deformity, Ella's regret, and the film's film act.

Beyond the Catholicism, though, there's not much at stake in Forever Mine. The two leads have minimal chemistry and the film is plagued by constant continuity errors and cliched plotting. I was troubled by the fact that the 14 years between the flashback and the framing device had done nothing to age any of characters. And I was perplexed by the fact that even though Alan's friend Javier starts out as the the man with the connections, he ends up as a glorified servant. I didn't understand why Schrader couldn't be bothered to develop either Ella's character or that of her husband. And I was just annoyed by Fiennes's inconsistantcy as an actor.

Schrader seems to be having fun with his own background and the backgrounds of his actors. There appear to be obvious references to Goodfellas and Taxi Driver, while Fiennes's 1987 persona has a strange similarity to Robert DeNiro. And all of the elements seemed to have been in place for a fine film. This was Schrader's follow-up to the minor masterpiece Affliction and Fiennes's follow-up to Shakespeare in Love. It was also Mol's first starring role after Vanity Fair jumped the gun and made her an "It" Girl shortly before the release of several small parts. But really nothing comes together. Schrader plots an affair without any twists or originality beside the Catholic guilt that have always fueled his violent Graham Greene-esque visions. The political context that justifies the period setting is hardly worth the effort. The drug subplot goes nowhere. And when Ella sits reading Madame Bovary to a group of senior citizens, the symbolism is just infantile.

Forever Mine never was released in theaters because the company producing it went under. It premiered on Starz! and moved to video. It's hard to imagine it having any real box office potential under any circumstances. This film is a 3/10 at best.

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