Too Early/Too Late

Too Early/Too Late ★★★½

Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s Too Early, Too Late assumes the translucent magnificence of the world as its motif, and the outcome is conceivably one of the most beautiful landscape films in cinematic history. It was inspired by a letter written by German philosopher Friedrich Engels and a 1974 report from two militant writers who had been incarcerated by the Gamal Abdel Nasser administration, the second President of Egypt. The filmmakers give thought to Egypt’s past struggles and autonomy from Western colonisation, and the story unfolds in a progression of shots of rustic terrains that are supported by narration about the endeavours of the impoverished agriculturalist. The movies unhurried momentum is fundamental to the experience it generates and both sound and vision complement one another to exemplify history as the prevailing spectator to some turbulent periods.