Often when we talk about repeated viewings, it's to discover the filmmaker's magic trick. How did they hide the big twist? And how did we not notice?
Or sometimes the repeated viewing is to find the images that stand in plain sight: the meaningful symbols or the secrets lurking in the corners of the frame.
However, as I've grown older, I've discovered my favorite discoveries are connected to character moments. Bits of advice unheeded. Important information that gets interrupted. Or even a personal creed that gets overlooked.
These are the moments when we can see a story take a slight, subtle turn that leads to positive events or devastating consequences. The tragedy of the fall that we know is coming.
Yet, it isn't until we see them in repeated viewings that we notice them—and can mourn or appreciate the outcome.
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