Last Friday night, Sharon and I watched Past Lives. We have started of our annual trek to see all of the potential Oscar nominated films. As of today, the Goldderby web site has Past LIves fifth on the list of potential best picture nominees.
Past Lives is a romantic drama film written and directed by Celine Song in her feature directorial debut. The plot is semi-autobiographical inspired by real events from Song's life. The film stars Greta Lee as Nora, Teo Yoo as Hae Sung, and John Magaro.
Nora and Hae Sung are two childhood friends from South Korea who are separated when Nora's family emigrates to the United States. The film follows the relationship between two childhood friends over the course of 24 years as they contemplate their relationship when they grow apart to have different lives. Decades later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront destiny, love, and the choices that make a life.
Over the years, Sharon and I have watched a lot of "bad" movies that were nominated for best picture. This is a good film; it was very watchable. The film's pacing is very good; it never feels too long or too short. I think that it will probably get nominated for the best picture Oscar. Although it won't win best picture, I recommend it!