After seeing a show we should make an attempt to understand it more deeply, and ask why it meant something to us. For this we will perform a process of abstraction and synthesis; analysis.
Memory is a strange thing. It doesn't work like I thought it did. We are so bound by time. But now I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings.
This is the first statement in Paramount Pictures "Arrival". If you are looking for the philosophical direction the film is leading us in, you already have your answer.
The statement is made in a dreamy, inner-voice-over which spans cuts to the scene in a style which has become trendy in "groundbreaking" thought-pieces. A slippery relationship between time and memory is the main theme of the film, but "Arrival" takes it one step beyond.