"Past Lives" Was A Beautiful Slow Burn (Some Spoilers)

Friday, July 14, 2023

If you like the slow burn, and a love story with A LOT of nuance, you will really like Past Lives. If you don't - honestly, I can't help you there - because this is a beautiful, nuanced, slow burn about what could have been, what might have been, what doesn't seem to be ever possible, but yet you still wonder if it still could be...at some time.

I mean - that's what I came away from after watching it (and I did actually get to see it the same weekend I posted about it not being in the Midwest (but they just hadn't updated the website I think). 

The way they played these parts, the subtle looks and phrases--understanding the thought of being in a relationship, looking back, and understanding the differences between the life that sometimes lives in your mind--or your heart--and the pragmatic life that helps guide decisions.

That last scene, where she walks alone and just falls into her husband's arms--it's just heartbreaking--you feel everything in so many ways--the loss she felt at her "past life", the remorse she felt for wanting what she couldn't and how it affected her husband, and this thought that maybe, if just a little different timing, because there was still a piece of her that wanted that, that in some ways she was ready for it. 

But in the end--who she really was--what really motivated her--it was something she couldn't escape.

Beautiful. Moving. See it.