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Cinephile Screening “Past Lives”

20 February: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

2023 – Certificate 12A

– Past Lives-

Cinephile Foreign Language

Korean-Canadian writer-director Celine Song’s tremendous feature debut is a wistful drama of longing and human connection between childhood sweethearts separated by fate and thousands of miles.

After years apart, Nora (Greta Lee), a South Korean woman now living in New York reconnects online with the man, Hae Sung (Teo Too), who was once her closest childhood friend. Twenty years after their separation, when Nora is married to a Jewish New Yorker and successful writer, Arthur (John Magaro), they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront notions of love and destiny and Nora wrestles with the competing emotions of her Korean and American selves.

In English and Korean with sub-titles

Running Time 106 mins

Year 2023

Ratings Info 4-5 Stars

Director(s) Celine Songl

Cast includes Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro

Nominations & Awards35 wins from 144 nominations

The Times – This story of an old lover’s return is impeccable.  Celine Song’s stylistically flawless, complex debut explores hidden yearnings and childhood selves.

Sometimes in cinema a director emerges with a first film and just, well, nails it.

The first real Oscar contender of 2023 ………… The performances are impossibly strong and awards-season ready.

The Guardian – Celine Song’s feature debut about two people whose lives intertwine again after years apart is delicate and sophisticated, but also simple and direct ……….it paints a picture of unresolved affection as delicate as it is profound, interweaving timeless themes of fate and providence with more playfully down-to-earth musings.

Plaudits to the principal cast, who do a miraculous job of portraying inner conflict and ecstasy with the merest tilt of a head, or subtle shift of a shoulder.

Empire – On the heels of a typically outsized summer-blockbuster season ………arrives one of the quietest films of 2023. And, come the end of the year, one that will surely be counted among the very best. Celine Song’s “Past Lives” is delicate, slow-burning, powered by subtly changing facial expressions and conundrums of the heart. But such is its emotional punch, it leaves you reeling.

It has things to say about the immigrant experience, without ever being heavy or didactic. It aches with emotion, without ever being mawkish ……… At points, it even ekes big laughs out of its scenario.

The Telegraph  – Nothing at the cinema this year has a hope of beating Past Lives for romantic delicacy, the cosmic yearning it puts into the three words, “I missed you.” ………. it could unlock empathy from a bollard.

Lee’s struggles for composure become as affecting as Yoo’s open vulnerability. They’re wonderful together, and Magaro’s wonderful on his own as Arthur, ……… The trio are directed delicately enough by Song that their acting barely puts a foot wrong.

Rotten Tomatoes – A remarkable debut for writer-director Celine Song, Past Lives uses the bonds between its sensitively sketched central characters to support trenchant observations on the human condition.  Moving in its subtlety, Past Lives is a mature love story that feels powerfully real.

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20 February
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