Hailed as among the finest movies of 2023 thus far, “Previous Lives” is a movie that, in some ways, is all in regards to the forces that separate us. Celine Tune’s directorial debut follows Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo), childhood sweethearts rising up in South Korea who reconnect later in life. After spending practically a decade aside, Hae Sung arrives to go to Nora in New York Metropolis, solely to reckon together with her new life, particularly, her marriage to Arthur (John Magaro), an American man.
The movie’s lush romantic rigidity comes from how the three characters try to reconcile their variations, how they characterize two very completely different outcomes in one another’s collective fates. To take care of an preliminary sense of disconnect, Tune informed The Rolling Stone that she particularly saved Yoo and Magaro, who had by no means met beforehand, aside till the cameras began rolling. The scene within the movie the place they first meet is their precise first assembly, which makes the vitality in that room all of the extra palpable. Tune additionally had her male co-stars solely hear about one another by Lee earlier than filming, additional reflecting the circumstances of the script.
Along with Yoo and Magaro being separated, Lee and Yoo additionally saved their distance, although to not the identical extent. The 2 started rehearsing on Zoom and later would rehearse collectively in particular person. Nonetheless, Tune was adamant that the 2 couldn’t contact so their first hug within the film could be the primary time the actors touched in actual life.