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Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei
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The Edukators -- Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.
The Edukators -- Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

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Release Date:
25 November 2004 (Austria) See more »
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Tagline:
Every Heart is a revolutionary cell See more »
Plot:
Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(19 articles)
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Cast

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Daniel Brühl ... Jan

Julia Jentsch ... Jule

Stipe Erceg ... Peter

Burghart Klaußner ... Hardenberg (as Burghart Klaussner)
Peer Martiny ... Villenbesitzer Jürgen
Petra Zieser ... Villenbesitzerin
Laura Schmidt ... Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz ... Sohn
Oliver Bröcker ... Aggressiver Globalisierungsgegner
Knut Berger ... Globalisierungsgegner
Hanns Zischler ... Vermieter
Claudio Caiolo ... Paolo
Bernhard Bettermann ... Jules Chef
Sylvia Haider ... Neureiche Frau 1
Claudia Jakobshagen ... Neureiche Frau 2
Reiner Heise ... Fahrscheinkontolleur
Heinz Kreitzen ... Obdachloser
Lara Schützsack ... Peters Bekannte
Heinz Fitz ... Wanderer
Albert Gürtler ... Betrunkener
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Directed by
Hans Weingartner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Katharina Held 
Hans Weingartner 

Produced by
Karsten Aurich .... line producer
Sabine Holtgreve .... producer: SWR
Georg Steinert .... producer: Arte
Antonin Svoboda .... producer
Hans Weingartner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Andreas Wodraschke 
 
Cinematography by
Daniela Knapp 
Matthias Schellenberg 
 
Film Editing by
Dirk Oetelshoven 
Andreas Wodraschke 
 
Casting by
Silke Koch 
Suse Marquardt 
 
Production Design by
Christian M. Goldbeck 
 
Costume Design by
Silvia Pernegger 
 
Makeup Department
Silvia Pernegger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Karsten Aurich .... production manager
Martin Cichy .... unit manager
Bruno Wagner .... production manager
 
Art Department
Johannes Pfaller .... property master
Monica Suarez .... assistant production designer (as Monika Suarez)
 
Sound Department
Uwe Dresch .... supervising sound editor
Bernhard Maisch .... sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin Riesenfeld .... sound
Stefan Soltau .... sound supervisor
Tini Tüllmann .... sound assistant
Susy Wehrli .... sound (as Susi Wehrli)
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Klaus Waßen-Floren .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Amélie Losier .... still photographer
Dirk Plamböck .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Hannes Habenicht .... assistant editor
Andreas Schellenberg .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Monica Suarez .... location scout: Spain
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality, and some drug use
Runtime:
France:127 min | Argentina:127 min
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Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Hans Weingartner]one of the protesters at the beginning.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The length of Jan's cigarette when painting Jule's apartment changes between when he is sitting talking to Jule and when he begins painting again.See more »
Quotes:
Jan:For all revolutions, one thing is clear... even if some didn't work, the most important thing is that the best ideas survived. The same goes for personal revolts. What turns out good, what survives in you that makes you stronger.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Silence of the Lambs (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano GrooveSee more »

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137 out of 162 people found the following review useful.
"You have too much money.", 1 September 2004
Author: lazar_x from Montreal, Canada

Don't let anyone tell you horror stories about the camera work, they probably never had an ounce of imagination anywhere in their bodies!

For those of us who are bored blind with standard Hollywood-ian movies, this kind of camera work is very refreshing. The constant motion puts us right into the characters' world and helps foster an instant connection with them. Not that one wouldn't connect with them without the fancy directing! On the contrary, Jan, Jule, and Peter will reawaken the idealist in anyone.

The movie is essentially about three friends with seemingly no particular direction in life other than petty political activism now and then. But Peter and Jan have found a very clever way of subverting the socio-economic system they so despise. Calling themselves "the Edukators", they break into the homes of the fabulously wealthy only to make some absurd adjustments to the arrangement of their furniture and leave a simple note behind: "You have too much money."

With this basic plot, The Edukators delves into that ill-defined human notion of morality, eventually blurring the line between the ethics of social politics and the ethics of personal relationships.

Don't let the plot scare you, you don't have to be an anarchist to enjoy this movie! It's well-written, beautifully shot, and flawlessly performed. Some of the drawbacks are that it gets a little long and preachy at the end (which happens fairly often to new directors), but let's not nitpick. I'm willing to gloss over the film's (rare) faults because, in the end, there is far too much to take home from this movie. It's a real shame that some would wish to dismiss it as some crackpot anarchist film.

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