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Never Forever -- When an American woman begins a dangerous relationship with an attractive immigrant worker, in order to save her marriage, she finds her true self.

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11 April 2008 (USA) See more »
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When an American woman begins a dangerous relationship with an attractive immigrant worker, in order to save her marriage, she finds her true self. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Vera Farmiga ... Sophie Lee

David Lee McInnis ... Andrew Lee (as David McInnis)
Joseph Y. Kim ... Pastor

Shirley Roeca ... Tania
Steve Greenstean ... Piano Mover

Marceline Hugot ... Dr. Hanson
Colleen Quinlan ... Nurse #2

Trisha LaFache ... Receptionist

Jung-woo Ha ... Jihah

Becky London ... Interviewer
Carla Harting ... Nurse #1

Robert Dahey ... Laundromat Owner

Kari Swenson Riely ... Miriam

Jackson Pace ... Adam

Alex Manette ... Jesse

Hettienne Park ... Ming Ming

Asa Somers ... Rich
Richard Yun ... Store Owner

Richard Chang ... Chinese Waiter
Ruben Ortiz ... Jeweler
Susan Mitchell ... String Quartet (as Susan Mitchel)
James E. Graseck ... String Quartet (as Jim Grasack)
Sean Grissom ... String Quartet (as Sean Grisson)
John Pisano ... String Quartet
Lenny Levi ... Cab Driver #1
Gurdeep Singh ... Taxi Driver #2
Eric L. Abrams ... INS Officer
Clem Cheung ... Plain Clothed Officer
Marilyn Torres ... INS Interrogator
Will Pailen ... Guard
Quinn Peck ... Sophie's Son
Hwa-shi Lee ... Mrs. Lee (as Hwa Si Lee)
Ju-Hee Yoon ... Jihah's girlfriend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Greenstein ... Moving Man

Ruben C. Ortiz ... Jeweler
Joseph DeBona ... Jihah's co-worker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gina Kim 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gina Kim 

Produced by
Brian Bell .... co-producer
Andrew Fierberg .... producer
Kyung Hyun Kim .... co-producer
Chang-dong Lee .... producer
Jun-dong Lee .... producer (as Lee, Joon-dong)
Seung-jae Lee .... executive producer
Kelly McCormick .... associate producer
Per Melita .... line producer
Danielle Na .... co-producer
Steven Nam .... co-producer
Steven Shainberg .... co-executive producer
Christina Weiss Lurie .... co-executive producer
Eun-Jung Yoo .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew Clark 
 
Film Editing by
Pete Beaudreau 
 
Casting by
Heidi Levitt 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Lucio Seixas 
 
Art Direction by
Eric Friedewald 
 
Costume Design by
Tere Duncan 
 
Makeup Department
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist
Theodora Katsoulogiannakis .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Leslie Jacobowitz .... post-production supervisor
Per Melita .... production manager
Mamta Trivedi .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... second assistant director
Marco Londoner .... first assistant director
Mark Romanelli .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Billy Chung .... art intern
Roxy Gillespie .... set dresser
Patrick McGowan .... assistant property master
Meg Vinson .... set dresser
Alexis Weiss .... property master
 
Sound Department
Stephen Barden .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Barden .... supervising sound editor
Alex Bullick .... sound effects editor
Josh Neal .... additional boom operator
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Lan Tran .... foley editor
Randy Wilson .... foley recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Basnyat .... title designer
 
Stunts
Gene Harrison .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesar Baptista .... dolly grip
Cesar Baptista .... key grip
Terrence C. Burke .... camera operator
Katie Dainson .... second assistant camera
Tim Davies .... key grip
Derek Gross .... electrician
David Kurt Harris .... electrician
George Hennah .... first assistant camera
Jangwook Kim .... still photographer
Adam Lukens .... additional grip
Albino Marsetti .... camera operator
Christian May .... additional electrician
Colin Oberschmidt .... grip
Antonio Ponti .... additional assistant camera
Jennifer Scarlata .... additional grip
Jaime Segschneider .... camera loader
Jason Velez .... gaffer
Zenfeek .... company electrician
 
Casting Department
Lauren Fernandes .... casting associate
Jessica Kelly .... casting assistant
Rita Powers .... extras casting
Sean Powers .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
April Cary .... wardrobe intern
Christie Clarke .... wardrobe intern
Zairi Malcolm .... wardrobe assistant
Nikia Nelson .... wardrobe supervisor
Grace Wilkerson .... wardrobe intern
 
Editorial Department
Jason Barnes .... additional assistant editor
Kiersten Harter .... first assistant editor
Arthur Montreuil .... color timer
Mike Patrick .... assistant editor
Ira Schweitzer .... dailies colorist
Sarah Jean Porter .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Cotnoir .... music editor
 
Other crew
Roslyn Aronowitz .... production assistant
Beth Avery .... location manager
Ted Beck .... production assistant
Andrew Cesana .... script supervisor
Doug Choi .... production assistant
Michael Fucci .... location manager
Steve Grivno .... location scout (as Stephen Grivno)
Chris Grossmann .... production assistant
Dongwoo Kang .... electronic press kit
Matt King .... assistant location manager
Adam Knobler .... production intern
Patrick Moran .... key set production assistant
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement
J. Brent Peebles .... production accountant
Lauretta Prevost .... production assistant
Jason Rogien .... production assistant
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... production assistant
Amy Small .... office production assistant
Jared Traum .... production secretary
Mamta Trivedi .... production executive
Kalinda Ukanwa .... first assistant accountant
Canella Williams .... production coordinator
Danielle Wilson .... craft service
Andrea Bigger .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Magdael .... publicist (uncredited)
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality and some language
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USA:90 min (original version) | South Korea:104 min
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In France, was released on DVD more than three years after its theatrical release.See more »

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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Vera Farmiga...bless her heart, 17 March 2008
Author: lion_and_boar from United States

Vera Farmiga is one of those rare actors that is emotionally present in roles that require vulnerability and honesty. I remember seeing her first in that short-lived TV series "Roar." She alone among all the actors in the cast that included a young Heath Ledger seemed to project real emotions in a series that was flirting close to "Xena" territory.

So Director Gina Kim could not have found a better actor to play the role of Sophie, a woman who must make difficult choices involving two men and their respective worlds. Much will be made in Asian American circles about the intimate scenes Farmiga has with men of Asian descent. Beyond the novelty of such pairings in film, these scenes underscore one of the peculiar aspects of the movie: while the men in these scenes go through the (ahem) motions, Farmiga actually acts.

That disparity is apparent in almost every scene Farmiga has with the Asian actors. While the male leads, Jung-woo Ha and David McInnis, are dutiful journeymen in their roles, they don't reach the honesty that Farmiga is able to bare. Against Farmiga's acting, Ha's and McInnis's performances come across almost as recitation.

I can see Ha's delivery fitting seamlessly in a cutesy Korean miniseries. Someone should tell male actors not to grip their hair with both hands when the scene calls for inner turmoil. It comes off as pantomime. That "someone" should have been the director. While plot and composition worked well, I found Kim's direction of the acting lacking. Perhaps she was working within the limitations of the acting abilities of the male leads. In that particular case, she should have recast those roles.

The lapses in the direction of the actors are apparent when lines are spoken by the male leads. There is an odd stiffness to the delivery that sounds "off" to native-speakers and those of us who immigrated to the States at a young age. Something in the cadence and intonation that distinguishes someone reading Shakespeare and someone speaking as Hamlet. Ha may have had an English tutor in Korea that spent too much time in-country, because he actually does a fine job with lines he speaks in Korean. I marvel at actors who can truly act in two different languages. Sidow and Streep easily come to mind.

Kim isn't a native speaker and so she will have to develop a sensitivity to the sound of spoken English as other non-native directors have had to do. That "ear" is what she will have to develop if she is going to be casting less-gifted or less-experienced talent. Ang Lee had the same problem in his early English language movies and those actors fresh out of Juilliard. It's the difference between Jean-Pierre Jeunet directing Dominique Pinon in French and Jeunet and Pinon, respectively, in English. "Alien: Resurrection" was a just an action movie and the weird delivery by Pinon and some of the supporting cast was noticeable. (Sigourney Weaver made out on her acting chops alone.)

Thankfully, this movie is centered around Sophie and so Farmiga binds the narrative with her honest performance. The role of Sophie really could have been played by an Asian actor and the story could have been a Korean-language movie about a Korean American woman. Perhaps Kim wanted to give emphasis to Sophie's isolation and to that central dilemma of the story.

There are certain elements of Korean and Korean American culture that are played to near-caricature: the cold, oppressive mother-in-law and the zealous pastor, for instance. So, I must wonder if the story came from Kim's own deliberation about her relationships and choices she has had to make as a Korean and a Korean American.

For Farmiga, it is another remarkable performance to add to her growing body of work.

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