Film & Television

John Maguire on Film: Celine Song’s debut Past Lives allows complex truth of love to shine through

Past lives explores the intertwined history of three romantically linked characters from Korea and North America

Teo Yoo and Greta Lee in Past Lives which is showing nationwide

Past Lives

Directed by Celine Song

Nationwide, 12A

Rating: ****

Past Lives, the debut feature from Korean-Canadian writer and director Celine Song, opens with a spot of people-watching in a New York bar. As we look across the counter, three patrons are sitting side by side. A man and a woman both of Asian descent have their heads together, chatting and laughing. The other man, who is white, sits smilingly silent.

We hear hushed voices ...