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Too Early, Too Late

Trop tôt, trop tard

Egypt, France, 1982
  • German
  • English
A Straub-Huillet Retrospective


Shot during the anxious months of 1980 that followed the Camp David Accords and later culminated in the assassination of Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat, Too Early, Too Late investigates the changing relationship between people, the land, and society in France and Egypt.

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Collided, compared, brought together: France and Egypt; the 18th century and the 20th; revolution and colonialism; the fields and the city; the land and the people; the past and the present. Such is the cinema of Straub-Huillet: dialectical to its very being, always questioning, forever pursuing.

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Too Early, Too Late represents the most striking use of “Straubian shots” in their work, and in some ways incarnates a “Straub-Huillet pur”… The film has become totemic of Straub-Huillet’s work, and even the title – which most directly refers to the revolutionary moment as coming too late to the First World and too early to the Third – has generated a diverse range of critical/theoretical reverberations.
September 06, 2009
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Central to the unique impact of Too Soon, Too Late is the resonance it gives to specific places, particularly in the second part; no other film has come even remotely close to making me feel I’ve been to Egypt, which this film does.
September 23, 1983
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No actors, not even characters. If there is an actor in TOO EARLY, TOO LATE, it’s the landscape. This actor has a text to recite: History, of which it is the living witness. The actor performs with a certain amount of talent: the cloud that passes, a breaking loose of birds, a break in the clouds; this is what the landscape’s performance consists of. This kind of performing is meteorological. One hasn’t seen anything like it for quite some time. Since the silent period, to be precise.
February 20, 1982
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