The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a film adaptation of a short story by fantasy writer Lev Grossman. The plot is not entirely original: people trapped in a time loop are forced to relive the same day over and over again.
The film, directed by Ian Samuels and featuring two teenagers, Margaret (Kathryn Newton) and Mark (Kyle Allen), engages with freshness, placing the narrative of the inner journey at the center. The production is remarkable for the poetic nature of the narrative details, even if the plot is unoriginal.
The film recounts the inner journey of Mark and Margaret within this “eternal return of the same” in which they are trapped. By reliving the same day over and over again, they already know how things will end up: with this tactical advantage, they try to fix things or, becoming resigned, not ruin the balance that has been created. The time loop, in fact, can be a prison, but also an excuse not to face problems, not to understand that, perhaps, those who have fallen asleep (at least inwardly) are the two protagonists.