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The Incident is a 2014 Mexican film starring Raúl Méndez, Nailea Norvind, Hernán Mendoza, Humberto Busto, Fernando Alvarez Rebeil, Gabriel Santoyo, Paulina Montemayor, Hector Mendoza, Leonel Tinajero, and Marcos Moreno, about a set of two time loops. In one, small-time criminals Carlos and Oliver travel an unending stairwell, pursued by Officer Marcos. In another loop, Sandra travels with her children, Daniel and Camilia, to meet her new husband Roberto, down an endless road. Along those loops, the two groups encounter growing piles of their possessions until, near the end of their lives, they find new beginnings, back where they started.


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This film exhibits the following tropes:

  • Eternal Recurrence: The theme of the film is that the character cannot help but repeat their loops, no matter how many times they go through the cycle.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: The characters survive on an accumulation of materials from prior loops, as evidence by growing piles of refuse.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: There are two loops, both seemingly closed, eventually intersection. Unlike most such loops, the characters keep aging despite encountering the same location repeatedly.
  • Plot Allergy: Camilia is allergic to the fruit juice that Roberto offers her. The groom in Oliver's new life is allergic to bee stings as he is caught in another loop.
  • Unnaturally Looping Location: Carlos and Marcos are trapped in an eternal staircase. Sandra, Daniel, and Roberto are trapped on an endless road. Eventually, people escape to a different loop.
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