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The Edukators [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Burghart Klaussner, Peer Martiny
  • Directors: Hans Weingartner
  • Producers: Hans Weingartner, Antonin Svoboda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YVCYA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Crime comedy about Jule (Julia Jentsch), a waitress who moves in with her boyfriend Peter (Stipe Erceg) and his friend Jan (Daniel Bruhl), two young men united by their passion to change the world. But Jule has a secret: an automobile accident in the past has burdened her with lifetime payments to a successful businessman named Hardenberg (Burghart Klaussner). Peter and Jan also have a secret: they are the notorious 'Edukators' - mysterious perpetrators who break into the expensive homes of local yacht club members as an act of political rebellion. They wreak havoc and leave notes that read, 'Your days of plenty are numbered'. While Peter is away on holiday, secrets between Jan and Jule are disclosed and feelings between them intensify. They impulsively break into the home of the businessman to whom Jule is indebted. But their growing passion has made them careless and when they're forced to return to the villa the following night to retrieve a forgotten cell phone, Hardenberg surprises them. They have no choice but to call Peter for help, even if it means his finding out about their betrayal.

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This is an excellent film about a trio of young 'Edukators' who seek to 'enlighten' the rich in society by invading their homes. The early scenes are really rather disturbing as we watch them arrange furniture and plunder privacy. Then one night everything goes wrong when one of their victims arrive homes early and in their panic, they kidnap him...

But I do feel I must defend this film from some of the criticisms below, which seem not only unfair but a misinterpretation of the film.

One reviewer below (D Sutherland), states that this film is simplistic. The young trio kidnap and question him about society and his past and, in the words of this reviewer 'The rich man barely challenges the young people at all, and accepts much of what he has done is probably wrong.'

This is not the case at all. Remember that this isn't a Hollywood film. The characters are not black and white and they don't all have to be taken at face value. The rich man is an extremely shrewd character. The moment they take him to the mountain top, he carefully observes the trio, looking for weaknesses. He behaves in a jovial and friendly manner, but underneath he is clearly petrified - note the shock on his face when he sees they have a gun. He cunningly searches for any crack he can find, exploiting and manipulating the love triangle.

So to assume that when he goes along with their views that he is simplistically agreeing with them is a naive interpretation of his character. The question that arises, creating a fascinating narrative tension, is whether or not he really does agree with their views and is rethinking his values, or whether he is merely playing them and patronising them. After all, his main aim is to escape. He fears for his life.
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A film of two halves really fails to ignite the radical tension that the always brilliant Daniel Bruhl generates. The first half is a good film, humourous and somewhat insightful but never overtly challenging. The second half breaks down into a study in relationships where the characters motivations are never any particular shade of grey.

There are some strong positives about the film, with excellent performances from the leading cast and the development of a firebrand rhetoric in what is a reasonably well thought out anarchic viewpoint. However, this film is not in the same class as Goodbye Lenin and is not as good as What To Do In Case Of Fire, both of which are superior films in pretty much every way. That doesn't mean that this is a bad film, just that there are some very good films that portray the same sense of anti-establishment hubris that this one attempts.

The concept of The Edukators is a good one, reaching into the disaffected mindset of a disenfranchised pair of rebels and providing them with a reality check. However, the reality check it presents is dealt with in a less then convincing manner and while I will not spoil the ending, I was disappointed by it.
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I disagree with the negative reviews about this film. They are short sighted. The film captures nicely, in an even-handed way, many central issues of our modern world. The injustices connected to the rich/poor divide are hard to deny but the wealthy character in the film makes no apologies about the wealth he has earned. The careful viewer will notice the strengths and weaknesses of both sides of the argument and ultimately is left to his/her own judgments. However, what captivated me even more was the way in which the film captures the idealistic - if unfocused - passion of youth and the compromising reality of adulthood. Also, I thought the film was beautifully shot and the sound track moving.

Scratch below the surface and you'll find a gem!
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Hans Weingartner has managed to create an extremely engaging film which holds the audience's attention without indulging in any of the gratuitous violence or sex that cinema has become so fond of these days(particularly in films concerning young twenty-somethings).
The Edukators is a film which looks at three people fighting capitalism in their own unique way. In a clever play on the Robin Hood 'rob from the rich' motto, they steal their victim's confidence rather than possessions- by comically rearranging the contents of their houses whilst they're away. A favourite scene of mine is when Jule and Jan are setting up Russian dolls in front of a wide screen TV, like a captive audience- fitting nicely with Jan's frequent comments about people watching television like zombies these days.
Unfortunately the trio's mischievous idealistic plans become more of a nightmare when they are caught red-handed and drastically result to kidnapping.
The latter part of the film, set in Germany's mountainous natural beauty is an aesthetic delight and cleverly contrasts the claustrophobia of the protagonists' situation. Coupled with strong acting, led by Daniel Brühl, this film is an enjoyable watch. And although it looks at issues of political injustice, it does so without seeming too heavy. Like many European films, it is a little slow and times, but I would particularly recommend it to those who have recently enjoyed the other offerings from Germany's blooming cinema like 'Goodbye Lenin.'
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