Past Lives

Past Lives
Date: 06/02/2024 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

This is a heart-meltingly romantic and sad movie from Korean-Canadian dramatist and film-maker Celine Song. It is an extraordinary feature debut, delicate, sophisticated and yet also somehow simple and direct and not unlike the much loved film by Wong Kar-wai, In the Mood For Love. The British Film Institute has just made it its 3rd best movie of 2023 and it has a Golden Globe nomination for Best Film of 2023, as well as Best Foreign Language Film.

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. This is a story of lost love and childhood crush, the painful and dangerous access to the past given by digital media; the roads not taken, the lives not led, the futile luxury of regret. And it’s a movie that speaks to the migrant experience and the way this creates lifelong alternative realities in the mind: the self that could have stayed behind in the old country, versus the one that went abroad for a new future.

Past Lives

Year: 2023

Country: South Korea/USA

Cert: 15

Duration: 105 mins

Dir: Celine Song

'A beautifully understated and emotionally resonant film about the power of love, loss, and second chances'


Venue: William Loveless Hall