A Machine Without Time
"Switch things around a bit. Now we are the microbes."
One of my favorite movies of the past few decades has to be Arrival, a 2016 film starring Amy Adams, who plays a linguistics expert tasked with translating and facilitating communications with an extraterrestrial race that has arrived on Earth. Without giving away too many spoilers, I’ll just reveal that the language of these entities gives Adams' character — named Louise Banks — the ability to perceive time in a non-linear way.
This allows Louise to have premonitions and causes her to contemplate the implications of free will and its effect on life choices. Making decisions while knowing the future becomes the subject of her internal conflict towards the end of the movie.
In real life, humans perceive time linearly; that is, we have separate notions of the past, present, and future. Our brains most likely process events in this way due to evolution as this temporal mode of thinking gave us the best chance of both reproduction and survival.
But the language used by the extraterrestrial race depicted in this movie did not have terms for the past, present, or future. These different facets of time were perceived to be happening either all at once or in a circular fashion, the latter being suggested by the ring-shaped symbols in their written word.