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Starring: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro
A24 romantic drama written and directed by Celine Song. Past Lives (2023) centers on Nora and Hae Sung (Greta Lee and Teo Yoo), two deeply connected childhood friends who are torn apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Nora: There is a word in Korean. In-Yun. It means providence. Or fate.
Arthur: Do you believe in that?
Nora: That’s just something Koreans say to seduce someone.
Arthur: What a good story this is. Childhood sweethearts who reconnect twenty years later and realize they were meant for each other. In the story I would be the evil white American husband standing in the way of destiny.
Nora: He was just this kid in my head for such a long time, and I think I just missed him.
Arthur: Did he miss you?
Arthur: [to Nora] That guy flew thirteen hours to be here. I’m not going to tell you that you can’t see him or something.
Hae Sung: [in Korean] I like this.
Nora: [in Korean] What?
Hae Sung: [in Korean] Just talking to you.
Hae Sung: [to Nora, in Korean] If you had never Seoul, would I have still looked for you? Would we have dated? Broken up? Gotten married? Would we have had kids together?
Nora: [in Korean] Why did you look for me?
Hae Sung: [in Korean] I just wanted to see you one more time.
Nora: If two strangers walk by each other in the street, and their clothes accidentally brush, that means there have been eight thousand layers of In-Yun between them.