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Celine Song

Past Lives

 8.1

Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora's family emigrates from South Korea. 20 years later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront notions of love and destiny.

  • Director: Celine Song
  • Main Cast: John Magaro, Greta Lee, Teo Yoo
  • Soundtrack: Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear
  • Cinematography: Shabier Kirchner
  • Screenplay: Celine Song
  • Cinema Premiere: April 18, 2023



What do the critics think?

Reviews

16 reviews of Past Lives (2023)

  • 1. Filmtopp
    10 / 10

    All in all, Past Lives is an incredibly sharp and thoughtful romantic drama, with a final scene that is among the most powerful I have seen on the big screen.

    Swedish: filmtopp.se »

  • 2. Moviezine
    10 / 10

    The silence in this love triangle is more eloquent than any spoken words could ever be.

    Swedish: moviezine.se »

  • 3. Dagens Nyheter
    10 / 10

    A sensational, sensual and soulful debut about passion and fate at the intersection of different cultures, between two separate continents.

    Swedish: dn.se »

  • 4. Svenska Dagbladet
    10 / 10

    This is a masterpiece. It's impossible to describe 'Past lives' in any other way.

    Swedish: svd.se »

  • 5. Västerbottenskuriren
    8 / 10

    Everything is staged with precision. Beautiful photography, sensitive direction by debutant Celine Song, and superbly acted, especially Greta Lee, who succeeds in portraying all her emotions and struggles with great control. Past Lives is a delight.

    Swedish: vk.se »

  • 6. SVT
    8 / 10

    So skillfully and sensitively acted that the final scene will linger in the heart for a long time to come.

    Swedish: svt.se »

  • 7. Kulturbloggen
    8 / 10

    Past Lives is an impressive demonstration of the art of being restrained and incredibly empathetic. Despite the low tone, this is one of the most captivating film experiences of the year.

    Swedish: kulturbloggen.com »

  • 8. Cinetaste
    8 / 10

    One of the strongest films of the year both in terms of acting and storytelling.

    Swedish: cinetaste.se »

  • 9. Sydsvenskan
    8 / 10

    Wonderful debut film about the love choices we make

    Swedish: sydsvenskan.se »

  • 10. Göteborgs-Posten
    8 / 10

    The story of classmates from Seoul who reunite in New York never loses its most important feeling: that it is about deep love.

    Swedish: gp.se »

  • 11. Movie Manner
    7 / 10

    Past Lives is a simple yet powerful drama about leaving one's homeland and the special bond that friends from the past can hold. It is beautifully filmed and features excellent performances, but something is missing to reach top marks. - Fredrik Lagnetoft

    Review: "Past Lives"

  • 12. Filmparadiset
    7 / 10

    It's worth seeing if you like romantic dramas that aren't too saccharine or predictable.

    Swedish: filmparadiset.se »

  • 13. The Critics
    7 / 10

    Past Lives is a simple yet powerful drama about leaving one's home country and the special bond that friends from the past can have. It is beautifully shot and features excellent performances, but something is missing to reach top ratings. - Grace Charlton

    Review: "Past Lives"

  • 14. Nöjesguiden
    6.6 / 10

    And when the film raises the question of whether one should really be with an old flame at the center, but not seriously seems to dare to explore it fully, one becomes easily confused both about the film and what Na/Nora really wants. And it's a pity when the film otherwise feels so well-made and trustworthy.

    Swedish: ng.se »

  • 15. Aftonbladet
    6 / 10

    The basic idea is good, the acting is a bit sloppier, then. Perhaps it's a result of Celine Songs' background in theater, but the finesse that exists in the script is also missing from the performance that can be seen and heard from the last row of seats. But yes, if you sit there with slightly lowered expectations, 'Past Lives' will undoubtedly pass.

    Swedish: aftonbladet.se »

  • 16. Sveriges Radio
    6 / 10

    This is a film for those who still keep all the romantic doors open.

    Swedish: sverigesradio.se »




World-Wide Box Office Revenue

Box Office

Past Lives has earned a total of 5 859 270 dollars from cinemas across the world (the global box office).