in about 100 words or less
France 105m, Colour
Director: Straub-Huillet, Danièle Huillet; Narration: Danièle Huillet, Gérard Samaan, Bahgat Elnadi
Trop tôt/Trop tard is a cinematic expression of Marxist writings about the worker’s relationship to the land in both France and Egypt. Consisting of slowly panning shots of urban and rural landscapes, with corresponding ambient sounds, the proletariat is treated to texts of Friedrich Engels and Mahmoud Hussein. Neither interesting or particularly useful toward any political discourse, Too Early, Too Late is reminiscent of a holiday film which no one but the filmmaker might be interested in ever seeing again. If it were not for the incessant bird noises, even our labour-friendly cat, who accompanied me on this cinematic journey, would have been utterly bored (Klaus Ming February 2016).