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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Gina Kim

Writer:

Gina Kim
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Sophie / wife
David Lee McInnis ... Andrew / husband (as David McInnis)
Jung-woo Ha ... Jihah / sperm donor
Shirley Roeca ... Tania / maid
Steve Greenstean Steve Greenstean ... Piano Mover
Marceline Hugot ... Dr. Hanson
Colleen Quinlan Colleen Quinlan ... Nurse #2
Trisha LaFache ... Receptionist
Joseph Y. Kim Joseph Y. Kim ... Pastor
Becky London ... Interviewer
Carla Harting Carla Harting ... Nurse #1
Robert Dahey ... Laundromat Owner
Kari Swenson Riely ... Miriam
Jackson Pace ... Adam
Alex Manette ... Jesse
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Storyline

In New York City middle-aged Sophie, married to well-off businessman Andrew has been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant. Her husband's family, devout Korean Catholics, prays for the couple. His failure to have a child is deeply shameful to him, so when he attempts suicide, she tries something extreme: she follows Jihah - an undocumented Korean immigrant who resembles her husband - from a fertility clinic to his apartment where she proposes to hire him to sire her child. She offers $300 per session and $30,000 if she gets pregnant. After several sessions, neither is able to keep emotion out of the arrangement. Where can this relationship go, and what about her husband? Will her actions save him and their marriage? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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In France, was released on DVD more than three years after its theatrical release. See more »

Quotes

[Jihah penetrates Sophie]
Jihah: Does it hurt?
Sophie: Yes it does, it's okay, just keep going. No, No, just keep going.
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Composed by Andy Quin
Published by De Wolfe Music (ASCAP)
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Beautiful and Engaging - Masterly storytelling through amazing performance
29 July 2007 | by sunahks-1See all my reviews

Watching this movie was a breathtaking experience to me. From the very first scene, it grabbed my attention, and I became more and more involved with the story of this beautiful and desperate woman, Sophie Lee.

The movie touches so many important issues such as interracial marriage, faith and religion, class determined by economic factors, and illegal immigrant. Yet those issues are so well blended without distracting the audience' attention from the main story.

The main story is purely simple. It's a woman's struggle to keep a man she loves happy. But in the end, she realizes that she has to pursue her own happiness.

It's the story of my own life. It's the story of so many women that I know. It's also the story of so many sons and daughters, wives and husbands, and fathers and mothers. That's why this movie touches the very core of my heart - anybody's heart.

The visual elements are very powerful. Extremely shallow focus are used in many scenes, isolating the characters from the background and sometimes from each other. However camera is never in the way of story telling.

The most notable element of the movie is, needless to say, the outstanding performances by Vera Farmiga, Jung-Woo Ha and David McInnis. Especially I was overwhelmed by the powerful screen presence of Vera's delicate feature. She can be funny, sexy and innocent without even trying. She becomes the woman I'd love to be friends with. She becomes the lover I'd cherish and hold in my arms, and the mother I'd look up to. She arouses so many emotions within me that through her I face my own womanhood and independence.

After watching the movie, I thought makers of "Unfaithful" should watch this movie to learn that an affair can have such depth, profundity and purity...


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Country:

South Korea | USA

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Never Forever See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,529, 13 April 2008

Gross USA:

$14,485

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$689,473
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Now Films, Vox3 Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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