Never Forever is a 2007 South Korean-American romantic drama film, written and directed by Gina Kim, and starring Vera Farmiga. The film was critically acclaimed when it was first screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and won the Jury Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival. The Korean title ë'ë²ì§¸ ì¬ë' translates to Second Love.
Sophie Lee (Vera Farmiga), an upper class Caucasian woman living in New York, is unable to conceive a child with her Korean-American husband Andrew (David McInnis), who is sterile. After her husband attempts suicide, she contacts a young illegal immigrant from Korea, Jihah (Ha Jung-woo), to pay him to have sex with her, so that she might get pregnant and save her marriage.
- Vera Farmiga as Sophie Lee
- Ha Jung-woo as Jihah
- David McInnis as Andrew Lee
- Shirley Roeca as Tania
- Marceline Hugot as Dr. Hanson
- Jackson Pace as Adam
In the United States, the film made $14,485 domestically. It went on to make a further $672,744 in foreign markets, for a total worldwide gross of $687,229.
The film received mostly positive reviews from film critics. Never Forever currently holds an 80% "fresh" rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 20 reviews. G. Allen Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote of Farmiga's performance in the film: "Vera Farmiga is the best American actress you've never heard of." Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Farmiga elevates the material of this melodramatic soaper into something nearly profound."
Gary Goldstein of The Los Angeles Times wrote: "If Adrian Lyne directed a racy Lifetime movie, then asked Danielle Steel what to call it, you'd pretty much have Never Forever, a sudsy chamber piece that's engrossing despite its many plot holes and contrivances. The film's chief calling card is star Vera Farmiga. Her Sophie Lee is a buttoned-up suburban housewife whose inability to conceive with her sterile, Korean-American lawyer husband, Andrew (David McInnis), drives her to commit a daring act of self-sacrifice. It's a quietly effective portrayal that uniquely balances restraint and abandon â" often at the same moment." Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote: "A fearless performance by Vera Farmiga, and glowing cinematography that explores the subtly shifting body language of strangers who are having sex but avoiding intimacy, partly camouflage the awkward storytelling of Gina Kim's marital melodrama Never Forever... But while Never Forever lingers in the thick of sex, lies and anxiety, it is something to see."
- Second Love Official website (Korean)
- Never Forever at the Internet Movie Database
- Never Forever at Rotten Tomatoes
- Never Forever at AllMovie