8.4/10 (IMDB)

Past Lives

1h 45m Drama | Romance (Love)
Past Lives
Past Lives

About

Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance. The film had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival received almost universal acclaim from critics!

Director

Celine Song

Cast

Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro

Rating

PG-13

Year

2024

Country

United States, South Korea

Language

English, Korean


Main Trailer


Reviews

  • "There are three superb performances at the picture’s centre, but none is more radiant than that of Greta Lee, gracefully capturing the spirit of a searching soul who seems to understand things about the nuances of love that are beyond the grasp of the rest of us."
    - Screen Daily
  • "PAST LIVES is an exquisitely wistful drama that speaks with an honesty so affectingly crisp it will turn your conceptions of love, identity and fate on their head."
    - TheWrap
  • "The absolute immediacy of Lee’s performance allows you to feel every frame of PAST LIVES on your skin, which is crucial to a film that conveys the brunt of its meaning through sense instead of story; a film that commands its placid rhythms and ethereal fussiness with a confidence that elevates Song’s “people don’t talk like that” dialogue into a decisive plus."
    - IndieWire
  • "PAST LIVES feels so deliciously restrained that it makes even quiet dramas seem histrionic. And yet it’s a wide emotional field that gives its characters room to breathe... if PAST LIVES isn’t 2023’s best film, we’re in for an incredible year of cinema."
    - Denver Post
  • "It's a deep, resonant, intimate story which unfolds naturalistically and at a soulful pace."
    - Detroit News
  • "It’s a film full of quiet magic; of the power of words not spoken, and the enduring strength of love."
    - Seattle Times
  • "[Greta] Lee and [Teo] Yoo are electric together, conveying an excess of feelings both unspoken and not fully understood through their graceful exchange of looks and dialogue."
    - Austin Chronicle
  • "Celine Song makes a quietly spectacular writing-directing debut with PAST LIVES, a lyrical slow burn of a film that expertly holds back wellsprings of emotion, until it unleashes a deluge."
    - Washington Post

Festivals

  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Berlin Int'l Film Festival
  • San Francisco Int'l Film Festival
  • Seattle Int'l Film festival
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film festival