‘The world is in a state of turmoil’: why time-loop movies resonate in 2020

From the repetitiveness of lockdown to the grim familiarity of George Floyd’s death, this summer has added dark layers to one of film’s favourite formats‘What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same and nothing that you did mattered?” This is what Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, asks in 1993’s time-loop classic Groundhog Day.This hypothetical has also been an uncomfortable reality for the past three months in lockdown as we live our own version of 2 February in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, over and over again.

Like Connors, you may have developed new skills such as playing the piano or ice sculpture.

Unlike the jaded weatherman’s pursuit of the TV producer Rita, any budding romances in 2020 will have been reliant on arranging an awkward Zoom date.

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