Past Lives

2023
8.8
Past Lives
Poster Past Lives

Title: Past Lives

Original Title: Past Lives

Year: 2023

Info

Release Dates

  • UK: August 17 2023
  • United States: January 21 2023

Plot

In Korea, Na Young, a girl, and Hae Sung, a boy, are schoolmates and good friends. They often go home together after school. Na Young moves to Canada and then to New York with her parents.

Hae Sung continues to live in Korea, where he takes his engineering course, spends a brief period in military service and later takes a job. The two keep in touch periodically through video chats to chat about their lives and the stories they experienced in the past.

Meanwhile in New York, Na has changed her name to Nora, made a name for herself as a playwright and is happily married to Arthur, an American. Hae is eager to meet Nora and visits her in New York, where he spends some time with her and Arthur. What will the future hold for Nora and Hae in their relationship?

This Korean-American film is directed and scripted by Celine Song. The cast includes Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro, Moon Seung-ah, Leem Seung-min, Ji Hye Yoon, Won Young Choi and others.

The film was produced by A24, CJ ENM Co., Killer Films and 2Am and has premiered at major world festivals such as Sundance in the United States and the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany or the Sydney Film Festival in Australia. It will be released in Spain on November 1st thanks to the distribution of Elástica Films.

Awards

  • 2024 Academy Awards (Oscars): 2 0
  • 2024 Golden Globes: 5 0
  • 2024 BAFTA Awards: 3 0

Cast

Director:

Celine Song Celine Song

Teo Yoo

Teo Yoo

Jung Hae Sung

John Magaro

John Magaro

Arthur Zaturansky

Moon Seung-ah

Moon Seung-ah

Young Nora

Leem Seung-min

Leem Seung-min

Young Hae Sung

Ji Hye Yoon

Ji Hye Yoon

Nora's Mom

Won Young Choi

Won Young Choi

Nora's Dad

Videos

'Past lives' trailer 2:24

'Past lives' trailer

October 25 2023

VOSE trailer of 'Vidas pasadas' 2:25

Photos

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Trivia

Story based on real facts

Like Na Young/Nora, director Celine Song moved with her parents from Korea to Canada. She later settled in the United States, began writing plays and married a writer.

Director strategy

Celine Song tried to keep Greta Lee and Teo Yoo separate as much as possible so that the scenes where their two characters finally meet seemed more real.

Don't know how to speak Korean

Greta Lee thought it was fun to tell her family and friends that she would take on this role, many of them were surprised and wondered what she would do if she didn't know how to speak Korean.

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