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The Edukators (2004)

Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (original title)
Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

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Jan
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Hardenberg (as Burghart Klaussner)
Peer Martiny ...
Petra Zieser ...
Laura Schmidt ...
Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz ...
Sohn
Oliver Bröcker ...
Aggressiver Globalisierungsgegner
Knut Berger ...
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Vermieter
Claudio Caiolo ...
Paolo
Bernhard Bettermann ...
Jules Chef
Sylvia Haider ...
Neureiche Frau 1
Claudia Jakobshagen ...
Neureiche Frau 2
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Berlin student Jule is hoplessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsuredly hitting a rich businessman's limousine. Evicted from her flat she moves in with her boyfrend Peter and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valulables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor. Written by Armin Ortmann {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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25 November 2004 (Germany)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$393,664 (Germany) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

$175,493 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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Trivia

The song "Where's The Real Sky" is credited to Jeff Cole on the soundtrack and was mentioned in the movie as a favorite artist of Jan and Jule. Jeff Cole is a pseudonym for the score-writer, Andreas Wodraschke. The singer is his friend Sam Genders of London. See more »

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When making the phone call in the village, part of the camera is reflected in the door. See more »

Quotes

Hardenberg: I admit that some of what you say is true, but I'm the wrong person to be blamed for. Yes, I've been playing the game but I didn't make up the rules.
Peter: It's not who invented the gun, man. It's who pulls the trigger.
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Written by Bader, Rasch, Dehr, Gilkyson, Miller
Performed by Freddy Quinn
Published by Connelly Musikverlag
Released by Universal Music
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The revolution starts.... now!
28 January 2006 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I'm sure there will be plenty of people that will accuse "The edukators" of being such a cheap anti-capitalism manifest, a "cool" product designed for rich boys who feel like making a revolution. Whatever, nowadays we need idealism more than ever, we need to believe in lost causes, we have to appeal to the dignity of the individual and to spit in the riches' faces. "The Edukators" is one way of doing all those things from the cinema screen by telling the story of three rebel young guys that won't stay and look without doing a thing while the big corporations destroy this world and turn us into working-hard zombies. They have an idea: to assault mansions, mess everything up, to make trouble just to scare the owners... not to steal, not to break things. It is all about disconcerting. Obviously their "game" will soon get out of hand, they'll get involved in a kidnapping, and they will bump into something that's more powerful than revolution or ideals: love. Two boys, one girl... that means TROUBLES.

As I said, we need more movies like this one that are so well made, and also tries to open people's eyes. (Unfortunatelly I'm sure that those who should get their eyes opened will never watch "The Edukators".

PS: It is worth to watch "The Edukators" even if it's just for the last minutes of the film, with Jeff Buckley singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallellujah" (that also proves the director's exquisite taste).

*My rate: 8/10


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