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Flashback Films: Movies Designed to Shift Between Past/Present

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A friend of mine is working on a script that shifts back and forth regularly between past and present, young characters and then the adult versions of those characters. He's asked me to recommend some good films that do the same kind of thing effectively so that he can study some examples.

 

Iris sprang to mind immediately. Then, Mrs. Dalloway.

 

What films spring to your mind?

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Primer

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Place Beyond the Pines (doesn't go back and forth between time periods, though)

The Fisher King

The Fountain

Hara-Kiri

Hero

The United States of Leland

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Jeffrey, the first thing that came to mind is a book I read this year: Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings. I'm not sure your friend wants nonfilm recommendations; maybe reading a book with shifting timelines might help?

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I just returned from Saving Mr. Banks, and I thought the shifting between Travers' childhood and the present was one of the film's strongest aspects.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I thought Overstreet's original post asked for good films.

I knew someone was going to say that.

 

If you define good film as 4-5 star, borderline masterpiece, then no Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does not qualify.  But if a solid 3.5 stars, B, or 7 out of 10 means a good film, then I have no problem at all suggesting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  And I would gladly rewatch it 20 times rather than sit through this boring, pretentious, absurd thing once more:

 

Life of Pi

 

But you expected that, didn't you?

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If you define good film as 4-5 star, borderline masterpiece, then no Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does not qualify.  But if a solid 3.5 stars, B, or 7 out of 10 means a good film, then I have no problem at all suggesting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  And I would gladly rewatch it 20 times rather than sit through this boring, pretentious, absurd thing once more:

 

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Toy Story has nothing whatsoever to do with the films Overstreet is looking for.

 

 

Since we apparently have to suggest great movies:
 
Wild Strawberries and Annie Hall both have substantial narrative jumps backwards and forwards (the second is not great, but it's very, very good)

 

And Amadeus.

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Thanks, everybody. This is great. The Debt would be a particularly good example for this screenwriter, I suspect.

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