Expat Cinema: Past Lives (+English subtitles)

Wednesday 1 November 2023 (one-off screening)

Movie lover but trouble understanding Dutch subtitles? Join Lumen’s EXPAT CINEMA screenings. Every Wednesday we screen the best foreign language movies with English subtitles. Our café is the perfect place to hook up for a good coffee or special beer before and after the film. 

What if? Two deeply connected childhood friends, are torn apart when Nora’s family emigrates to Canada from South Korea. When they see each other after years, things have changed. Past Lives became the big surprise of the Berlin and Sundance film festivals earlier this year.

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Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo), two deeply connected childhood friends, are torn apart when Nora’s family emigrates to Canada from South Korea. Twelve years later, Nora is studying in New York and the two find each other again through the Internet. They fantasize about a reunion, but distance dilutes contact. Another twelve years later, Nora is now married and is reunited with her childhood sweetheart during an all-important week when he visits her in New York.

In her debut film, playwright Celine Song explores notions of fate, love, and the fine line between the life we live and life how it could have been. Past Lives thus became the big surprise of the Berlin and Sundance film festivals earlier this year.