I am busy writing a story in which I feel the need to “encapsulate” a main story within a B story that would relate it to present time.
I believe that is exactly what is used in either “the bridges of Madison County” or in “Titanic”.
Now, how does it work, Dramatica-ly speaking ?
Does it work with 2 separate storyforms and 2 different plots, with 2 different MC’s and IC’s ?
Let’s take “Madison County” for example.
The main story is obviously the love story between Francesca (MC) and Robert (IC), right ?
She changed, but he remains steadfast. She fails to live her romantic dreamed life and it feels wrong.
For the “present-time” story, it is less clear to me who’s the MC, and who’s the IC.
My idea is that the children are the MC (both of them) and the mother (Francesca) is the IC.
They change, she remains steadfast. They succeed in putting their love lives at the right places and it feels good because they reconcile with their mother and reunite the lovers in death (I always have a gasp of emotion when the empty the jar in the river !)
I would love to have a more detailed analysis of this film. Has anybody already worked on it ?