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Oscars best picture nominee with near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score has landed on Netflix

Oscars best picture nominee with near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score has landed on Netflix

The film, which has received rave reviews from critics, has just landed on the streaming platform.

Valentine's Day might have been and gone, but love is definitely still in the air - and you can keep the soppy vibes going by putting on the Oscar nominated film which has just landed on Netflix.

Past Lives has been touted as one of the best movies to grace the big screen in 2023, so it's no wonder that it boasts a near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score - as well as rave reviews from critics.

Take a look at the trailer here:

Netflix are clearly capitalising on February's annual day of romance and counting on the fact that a large majority of boyfriends across the globe will be giving their partner's control of the TV remote.

But even the coolest dudes who refuse to shed a tear at soppy stuff will be reaching for the Kleenex when they take in Greta Lee, Teo Yoo and John Magaro's incredible performances in Past Lives.

The romance drama tells the story of two 'deeply connected' childhood friends over the course of 24 years, who repeatedly reunite to contemplate the nature of their relationship, while living completely different lives.

Nora (Lee) and Hae Sung (Yoo) are best pals in school in Seoul, South Korea, and secretly have a crush on one another, but it all goes to pot when the little girl's family emigrates to Toronto, Canada, in 2000.

Twelve years go by and the pair obviously do a lot of growing in this time, but they manage to track each other down thanks to the power of Facebook.

Greta Lee and Teo Yoo star in the Oscar nominated Past Lives.
A24 Films

Nora and Hae Sung reunite in New York City - but for just one week only - and both of them decide they should concentrate on their careers, passions and pursuing romances with other people.

Another 12 years pass before they meet up again and their circumstances are still very conflicting - but the childhood sweethearts can't help but cling on to the past and what could have been.

Prepare to be sobbing into your couch cushions as Nora and Hae Sung address their feelings and reflect on the difficult choices they have made throughout their lives.

Past Lives is an impressive debut for writer-director Celine Song, who revealed that the thought-provoking plot was semi-autobiographical and inspired by real events in her life.

But she told The Guardian that she prefers to refer to it as an 'adaptation' of her own life story, explaining that the process of creating the film obviously involved a 'bit of objectification'.

The childhood sweethearts can't let go of the past.
A24 Films

"And in doing that, it stops being about recreating something autobiographical. It becomes its own story," Song said.

Either way, viewers are clearly very enthralled with the plot line as Past Lives has earned an enviable score of 96 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. And if you can't trust those critics, who can we rely on?

Even Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan said the one hour and 46 minute film is of the best films he has seen in recent years, describing it as 'subtle in a beautiful sort of way'.

Past Lives has bagged two nominations at this year's Oscars, for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, so keep your fingers crossed that Song get's her flowers at the award show on 10 March.

The movie is now available on Netflix in the UK and Ireland from today (15 February), so get those Valentine's chocolates back out and hunker down on the couch for an incredible love story.

Featured Image Credit: A24/CJ ENM Co/Killer Films/2AM

Topics: Netflix, Oscars, TV and Film, Sex and Relationships