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 ...
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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 {}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 November 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Edukators  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


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 »


When Jan and Peter are driving with their van. You can see in the back window of the van a camera man with his camera. See more »


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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there *are* good German/Austrian movies, yippee!
12 January 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I went to see the film completely unprepared, and I left the theatre rather euphoric. I liked the film because of the amiable story, the roughly-sketched but believable characters (even if we don't learn too much about their backgrounds) and the funny, witty dialog. And last but not least the surprise in the end -- until three minutes to the end I wouldn't have had an idea how to end a story like this.

The four main characters were cast exceptionally well, and the dialog -- whew! Yes, the kidnappers seem very naive (so does the manager, btw, in another way), and the words they use are heavy with cliché, but it's not a message of any kind that's new and interesting. It's what happens beyond words: I've rarely seen people in a movie talk and talk so much about convictions and ideology, but all the really important things happen inside them and without words.

So go and watch this film but don't jump on the political statements. Things might have some more layers here.

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