This is not a conventional love triangle—there are no baddies here, just a woman with many 'what-ifs' and two distinct lives. "'Past Lives' feels so deliciously restrained that it makes even quiet dramas seem histrionic. And yet it's a wide emotional field that gives its characters room to breathe. For all its bittersweet ness, it's also a deeply satisfying experience that deals with intimate subjects in global terms. Or maybe the other way around? Either way, if 'Past Lives' isn't 2023's best film, we're in for an incredible year of cinema" - John Wenzel, Denver Post.
Greta Lee, who plays Nora is made for the part, being a Korean who has been living in the States for most of her life; the film made her go through similar emotions. "Lee and her co-star Teo Yoo are electric together, conveying an excess of feelings both unspoken and not fully understood through their graceful exchange of looks and dialogue" - Trace Sauveur, Austin Chronicle.
Could we agree with John Wenzel, or will another incredible film be our favourite?
“It's a deep, resonant, intimate story which unfolds naturalistically and at a soulful pace.”
“A confident entry in the canon of great romances—one that expands the emotional scope of what a love story can be.”
“It’s barely believable that this is Song’s very first feature. Her film is simply sublime from start to finish.”
“A masterclass in slow, simmering storytelling. It will stay with you, maybe even into your next life.”