Celine Song makes her feature directing debut in Past Lives, and its official trailer has just debuted. Starring Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, and John Magaro, Past Lives has received a healthy level of buzz and praise since its Sundance Film Festival world premiere.
Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo) have had a close bond since childhood, but their connection is affected after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea.
Past Lives, which director Celine Song also penned, focuses on their lives two decades later. Nora is now married (John Magaro plays her husband), and Hae Sung still lives in South Korea. A reunion between the lifelong friends takes place in New York, and the question is if their relationship will take a romantic turn.
Much of the trailer features some Nora dishing out a wistful voiceover, with she and Hae Sung gazing at each other with affection. I’m a sucker for such movies (prime example: Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood For Love). Plus, movies with Asians as romantic leads (set in America) are few and far between!
The picture was inspired by Song’s own life, as she recounts in an IMDB interview about speaking two languages to her husband and childhood friend. Prior to Past Lives, Song was a staff writer on the first season of The Wheel of Time.
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