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

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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)
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Petra Zieser ...
Laura Schmidt ...
Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz ...
Sohn
Oliver Bröcker ...
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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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Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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$10,075 (USA) (22 July 2005)

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$175,493 (USA) (14 October 2005)
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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 Jan, Jule, and Peter are having their first major discussion with Hardenberg at the cabin, Jan's cigarette is almost finished, but half-way through the scene he suddenly has a full cigarette again between cuts. See more »

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Wonderful movie
21 April 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I have to issue a few words of warning first:

Don't see this movie after you have just enjoyed a really good Hollywood-production (as I did). Because if you do you may at first be put off a little bit by the quality of this digital productions that does not quite come up to 35mm-standards.

You will notice this for about 10 seconds.

Two hours later however you won't quite understand anymore what exactly it was you liked so much about this great Hollywood-movie that suddenly seems to be so shallow, so void of real issues and characters ...

This is a wonderful, wonderful gem of a movie that won't bore you even for a second and will keep you thinking for days and days.

I don't want to go into the plot here (see for yourself), just that: This is NOT a movie that can be summed up in one statement. It is a film about political activism, love, friendship, ideals in life and how we betray them, the generation if 1968 and what became of them, the dynamics of small groups and, and, and...

To wrap so much relevant issues into a gripping, highly entertaining and even funny story for me is a real miracle in scriptwriting. The dialogues are outstanding.

Of course the main reason this movie works so well is the fantastic cast. All four main characters are absolutely phenomenal and of course Danny Bruehl and Julia Jentsch show again that they are the best German actors of their generation.

This movie touches you emotionally, gives you food for thought and entertains immensely at the same time. For me it is the best movie I have seen this year.

This is what cinema should be like.


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