Someone approached me the other day to talk about a movie they are writing, and the beginning they want to use looks like [see below]. I can't think of a movie or story that starts this way, though I am certain there are many of them. If anything comes to mind, let me know.
The movie opens on a character, we get their backstory and how that has brought them to their current situation.
For instance, a series of bad events has left them feeling lost about the meaning of life, so they spend their time running away from their real problems.
However, something is nagging them, so they decide to change course and go dig into this issue
For instance problem with their mother's will and what happened to her house makes our character go talk to the lawyer who handled probate.
This action they took leads to a deeper story
For instance, the character finds out that the lawyer is mobbed up and took the house for some nefarious purpose.
I have several hypothetical follow-up questions about what this would look like moving past this opening, but I'll leave it there for now.
Here is the major detail I don't want accidentally overlooked--the character does not receive any outside impetus that triggers their decision.