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The Edukators (2004)
"Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  25 November 2004 (Germany)
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Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

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Hardenberg (as Burghart Klaussner)
Peer Martiny ...
Petra Zieser ...
Laura Schmidt ...
Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz ...
Sohn
Oliver Bröcker ...
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Hanns Zischler ...
Vermieter
Claudio Caiolo ...
Paolo
Bernhard Bettermann ...
Jules Chef
Sylvia Haider ...
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Claudia Jakobshagen ...
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Storyline

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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Your Days Of Plenty Are Numbered See more »

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

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$175,493 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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The tagline in the English-language releases of the film, "Your days of plenty are numbered", is a direct translation of the film's original German title. See more »

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On the first night at the cabin, Peter puts a dark green blanket over Hardenberg. In the morning, when they all wake, Hardenberg is covered with a completely different blanket. See more »

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Note on Wall: Every heart is a revolutionary cell.
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Entertaining to the very last scene
16 December 2004 | by (Stuttgart, Germany) – See all my reviews

I went to this film expecting a comedy in the mold of "Sonnenallee" or "Good Bye Lenin", and I wasn't disappointed. The characters became very real to me, even Hardenberg, the kidnapped businessman, who was a bit wooden at the beginning. For me, the best part of the film was watching the relationships build between all 4 of the main characters, both before and after the kidnapping. There is really very little action in the film: it's more about watching the characters develop personally and in their dealings with each other. Lest this sound too dry, I found the film quite humorous at times, exciting and emotionally intense. The conclusion is left open to interpretation--but you'll have to watch the film quite carefully to have the data you need to make your own interpretation! Highly recommended!


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