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Forever (II) (2010)

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Joey, a talented video consultant, shares the art of marrying a man through her romantic 'faux' wedding videos, which are screened to young singles all over Singapore. The idea of fantasy ... See full summary »

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Joanna Dong ...
Joey
Kayden Kessler ...
Nick
Alice Lim ...
Petrina
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Gin
Sarah Ng ...
Cecilia
Dwayne Tan ...
Alistair
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Mei
Jeszlene Zhou ...
Vivian
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Joey, a talented video consultant, shares the art of marrying a man through her romantic 'faux' wedding videos, which are screened to young singles all over Singapore. The idea of fantasy and reality is blurred when she falls madly in love with a handsome music teacher from Taiwan who appeared with her in a landmark wedding video. While Gin claims his affection for her was strictly for the video, Joey pursues him to make him see that she is his true bride. Will her relentless drive to restore the happiness and joy she once knew be her ultimate failing and undoing? Written by www.foreverthemovie.com.sg

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Love is insane, and I'm loving it!
3 March 2011 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Standing alone knee-deep in elements of bizarreness and quirkiness, this is a distinctive fare of romance cinema by Singaporean Director Wee Li Lin that is nicely portrayed in a light- hearted overtone. Despite being over-the-top, this film features a brand of love that feels somewhat intriguing and desirable especially when we don't get much of it in an urban cityscape where extreme infatuation is unheard of.

This is not an ordinary tale of love despite involving two very ordinary persons in an otherwise ordinary urban society. Living upbeat lifestyles that often produce frowning faces of woe, people are often shying away from one another with nobody taking initiatives to care and love. Matters are made worse if you're buried in your career.

Every man and woman for themselves.

Yet we see a miracle taking place in Forever, where Joey is head-over-heels madly in love with Gin right from the start of the film. Such deep infatuation seems to only be contested by screaming teenage girls idolising their favourite pop stars. When every possibility is deemed bleak by the average minds, Joey persists with so much self-confidence and positivity that gets us thinking that she's either out of her mind silly or courageously motivated in love.

Joey practices the right attitude towards something that may very well determine her lifetime happiness. Such a critical entity in life, who wouldn't be serious to go all out for it? Well ironically, not many of us do. When the person you fall for is already engaged to someone else and is a mere acquaintance, will you go against all adversity like how Joey did?

Besides being a great source of inspiration for others to follow when it comes to love pursuit, it is also a quirky source of entertainment in the right dosage. Credit goes to Joanna Dong for her larger than life expressions as Joey who commands great authority over the audience's attention span. We don't get to see much physical body movements as there's plenty of intimate portrait close-ups of the cast in the film to get you looking in abundance at their facial expressions (Joey's face is still burned in my mind as I pen this).

Dong's expressions were magically mesmerising.

Well known in the theatrical scene, Dong's articulation and voice quality is commendable as it instills more vibrance in her role. She sings in enchantment on top of speaking well, a great talent to watch for.

Photography by first feature cinematographer Gerald Stahlmann (on a Red system!) is well-lit as it should be in a positive romance genre. Despite turning dark towards the later half, it is still well-handled in terms of art direction to ensure that it doesn't go overboard to disrupt the lovey-dovey honeymoon sensation that the audience is feeling in sync with Joey.

On an interesting side note, I can't help but notice Joey's infatuation with the colour blue. Everything around her is blue, including her outfit and make-up. A great underlying hint of personality.

Forever is probably a personal baby to the Director as it comes across to most of us as daunting, different, and disturbing even. The brand of love she's campaigning here is insane, but it's what makes love so desirable and exciting to behold. A great experimental piece that doesn't leave much room for anticipation to fill, you'll have to decide if you will buy into Wee's fun idea of love that goes Forever.

I did.


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