The movie

Past Lives

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.

Length: 107 min
Country: United States
Language spoken: Korean, English
Language subtitles: Dutch
Cast: John Magaro, Greta Lee, Teo Yoo
Director: Celine Song
Release date: 05/10/2023


The Korean-born playwright demonstrates a way with words, but also with the deep wells of emotion that can flow between them, in this exceptional feature debut.

“Past Lives” takes place across three distinct periods, building the way “Moonlight” (another A24 film) did on memories minted and bonds forged in childhood. In the first segment, 12-year-old Na Young (Seung Ah Moon) moves from South Korea to Canada, abandoning her first crush in the process. She’s already decided she wants to be a writer when she grows up. Still, what can she possibly know of what her life might hold at that age? And what does she understand of what’s being left behind?

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