Keswick Film Club - Past Lives

You are viewing the old version of our website.

Please visit our current website for all the latest information.

Sunday 15th October 5:00 PM

Past Lives 

Director: Celine Song Country: South Korea
Cert: 12A Year: 2023 Length: 105 mins Language: English & Korean
Past Lives

Audience Reaction

Score: 81.12% Attendance: 108



  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database


A love story across two decades and two continents, which might make you cry with joy or sadness...Na Young leaves Korea (and her friend Hae Sung) with her parents as a young girl, bound for Canada. She rekindles the relationship on Skype, 12 years later, now called Nora, but life gets in the way. Another 12 years go by, she is living in New York and married to Arthur when Hae Sung comes to visit...will they reconnect, or will life and Arthur win out?

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?


open_quote It's a deep, resonant, intimate story which unfolds naturalistically and at a soulful pace. close_quote Adam Graham, Detroit News

open_quote A confident entry in the canon of great romances—one that expands the emotional scope of what a love story can be. close_quote Shirley Li, The Atlantic

open_quote It’s barely believable that this is Song’s very first feature. Her film is simply sublime from start to finish. close_quote Linda Marric, The Jewish Chronicle

open_quote A masterclass in slow, simmering storytelling. It will stay with you, maybe even into your next life. close_quote Nick De Semlyen, Empire Magazine



comments powered by Disqus

Find A Film

Search over 1375 films in the Keswick Film Club archive.

Film Festival

Festival Logo

27 Feb - 1 Mar 2020


KFC is friends with Caldbeck Area Film Society and Brampton Film Club and members share benefits across all organisations


Keswick Film Club won the Best New Film Society at the British Federation Of Film Societies awards in 2000.

Since then, the club has won Film Society Of The Year and awards for Best Programme four times and Best Website twice.

We have also received numerous Distinctions and Commendations in categories including marketing, programming and website.

Talking Pictures Talking Pictures The KFC Newsletter
Links Explore the internet with Keswick Film Club
Find Us On Facebook