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Past Lives

Two childhood friends, separated by emigration, reunite after 20 years to confront love and destiny.


Why watch this film?

In films like Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love, there's a palpable melancholy for a love that couldn't be, the feeling of being trapped in a past of possibilities where that romantic desire was very close to materializing. With Past Lives, the extraordinary debut from director Celine Song, something similar happens. This is the story of Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo), childhood friends and first loves, who part ways when her family decides to leave South Korea and start a new life in America. Many years will pass before they reconnect through the internet, and even more time until they can see each other again. It's a bittersweet tale of lost opportunities with the passage of time and the decisions we make, leading us down different paths and experiences that shape both our identity and the possibilities of love.

Lalo Ortega

Lalo Ortega

Assistant Editor at Filmelier

Plot summary

Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrested apart after Nora's family emigrates from South Korea. Twenty years later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront notions of love and destiny.

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Now playing in theaters