There is nothing wrong with a film engaging in political dialogue or
embracing ideological positions. 'Deux ou Trois Choses...' and 'State
of Siege' come immediately to mind as examples, or at even higher
elevated levels, 'Earth' or 'The Tree of Wooden Clogs'. However the
fundamental that *must* be observed is that the audience needs to be
brought to a political conclusion, not be assumed to hold it at the
outset, otherwise the filmmaker is simply preaching to the converted.
The problem here is that the bunch of young radicals at the centre of this film have no special reason to think as they do, (except Jule, who is barely politically engaged). So when we are treated to a barrage of political invective, in the opening ten minutes, there is insufficient identification with the protagonists to make it meaningful or convincing.
Second problem is with the irony. This is not allowed to unfold, but dumped on the audience in two 'shocking' incidents.
The main reason I went to see the film was the parallel the publicity sought to draw with 'Goodbye Lenin!'. Now there was a truly subtle and ironic political film, and the comparison only goes to identify the weaknesses of 'The Edukators'.
Final problem... this is one of the most verbal films of the year. Almost every plot development is introduced verbally and that is a sure sign of a lame filmmaker.
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