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.
A remarkable debut for writer-director Celine Song, PAST LIVES is a tender exploration of multiethnic romance, complemented by nuanced performances from leads Greta Lee and John Magaro. This "delicate yet crushingly beautiful film" uses the bonds between its sensitively-sketched characters to support trenchant observations on the human condition.
PG-13, 1h 46m.
"PAST LIVES unravels as a marvel, cemented in a rare balance of wit and grief beautifully embodied by Magaro and Lee." – Little White Lies
"Telling a delicate tale about missed connections, what ifs and the parts of ourselves we keep buried within, PAST LIVES might just be the most singularly exquisite film of this year's Sundance." – Harper's Bazaar
"PAST LIVES is a miraculous little film from A24, steady and slow and haunted, in the existential sense, by possibilities." – Vox