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For a screenplay, it is probably more important to be clear than to have excellent, flowing prose. (I'm not a screenwriter.) For the more-general case of descriptive prose, however, one approach is to convert "they are" verbal clauses to adjectival clauses. Instead of: Hundreds of people are standing and looking at the on-coming train. Their sweating ...
The TV Tropes jargon for this kind of story is stable time loop. They list Pratchett's Pyramids as an example of the trope. The concept of a stable time loop as ontological paradox is called the bootstrap paradox, after a Robert A. Heinlein story of this nature.
I propose ouroborean story, after the fabled snake Ouroboros, who ends up eating its own tail.
The cinematic or literary device of placing the ending at the beginning of a film or novel is called flash-forward. It places an ineluctable, fixed point in the viewer's (or reader's) mind. (To Jubobs's point, this phrase describes the fixed point, but is less about the story classification.)
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