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(prolepsis) In film, a glimpse of a future event inserted into a narrative, disrupting its chronology. Flashforwards are less common than flashbacks because they kill suspense, but foreknowledge can sometimes deepen the significance of a scene, either through dramatic irony, or by communicating fatalism: for example, in Barry Lyndon (1976). They can also be unsettling, as in the work of the British film director Nicholas Roeg (b.1928), where they often signify clairvoyance: for example, in Insignificance (1985) where a character based on Marilyn Monroe has a vision of her future miscarriage when she enters a hotel bathroom.

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