But, it’s all explained right there at the 2:02 minute mark. From the creators of the Matrix trilogy (Lana and Andy Wachowski) and the director of Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer) it’s Cloud Atlas!
The film is based on the critically acclaimed Nebula-nominated work of fiction by David Mitchell about a group of people reincarnated over the ages and the pattern of their decisions in those different lifetimes. From the NY Times:
“Written as it is in six styles, with six narrators spanning the globe and the centuries. The narrations dazzlingly give way to one another in midaction, then double back on themselves like an Escher print, so that each story is finished, in the opposite order, in the second half of the book, and the thematic links between them emerge.”