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Movies similar to Past Lives (2023)

This is a collection of movies similar to Past Lives (2023). Past Lives is an American romantic drama film written and directed by Celine Song in her feature directorial debut.

What is Past Lives about?

The film stars Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, and John Magaro as three people whose lives are intertwined by fate, love, and destiny. The film explores the concept of in-yeon (인연), a Korean belief that people who meet are connected by a bond from their past lives. The film spans over 24 years, from Seoul to New York, as Nora and Hae Sung, childhood friends who were separated by immigration, reunite and face the consequences of their choices.

The film is set to be released in the UK on September 8th, 2023; after being released in the United States early this year. It has already attracted some Oscar buzz, with some believing that it has the potential to compete in the Best Picture category.

If you’re excited for Past Lives, here are five movies that you can watch in preparation:

Image: Universal Pictures.

In The Mood For Love (2000)

This film follows two neighbors, Chow Mo-Wan and Su Li-zhen, who form a platonic bond after both suspect their spouses are having affairs. What makes this film special, and what Past Lives also achieves, is creating a relationship through emotion and energy rather than the physical.

Image: StudioCanal.

The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021)

This film is based on Jojo Moyes’ novel and follows Ellie, a journalist in modern London, and Jennifer, a socialite in the 60s, who stumble upon the same mysterious letter exchanged between two lovers, “J” and “Boot”. Both women pursue the letter to uncover a secret affair that changes their lives. This movie is available to watch on Netflix UK.

Image: Focus Features.

Lost In Translation (2003)

his film is set in early-2000 Tokyo and follows the unlikely friendship between Bob, an aging actor, and Charlotte, a young college graduate. The two meet randomly and unexpectedly begin to share stories and bond. This movie is currently available on ITV X, in the UK.

Image: Stage 6 Films.

Gemini (2017)

Gemini is a 2017 American mystery thriller film directed by Aaron Katz and starring Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, and Greta Lee, who is the star of Past Lives. It follows the assistant of a Hollywood actress who becomes the prime suspect in her murder and tries to uncover the truth. The film is a neo-noir that explores the themes of celebrity, identity, and loyalty. Gemini is currently available to rent or buy.

Image: Warner Brothers.

Before Sunrise (1995)

Before Sunrise is a 1995 romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and co-written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. It stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as two strangers who meet on a train and spend one night together in Vienna, talking about life and love. The film is the first installment in the Before trilogy, which continues with Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013). The film is praised for its realistic dialogue, naturalistic performances, and philosophical insights. Before Sunrise is currently available to rent or buy.

These were five movies that are similar to Past Lives (2023) and would make for a good pre-game watchlist. Are there any other movies that you would have on this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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