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A more intelligent and poignant critique of our Western 'capitalist dictatorship' (the words of our three anti-heroes!), you would not find, not even on the pages of my Brighton anarchist friends' 'The Schnews' (ah, ah!). And this is also a very intelligent, humane and absorbing thriller (for want of a better word, we all express ourselves by clichés, like Peter or Jan would say!) because Hans Weingartner is a consummate and devilishly clever storyteller and after the first few sequences you will forget where you are, and you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen! A must see for old radical firebrands like myself and 'capitalist slaves' (only kidding!) alike!
Without seeing any buzz whatsoever about this movie, I obtained it from
my usual sources and sat down to watch it with a bowl of popcorn and a
scantily clad Irish woman.
The premise, that a group of activists is upsetting the captains of industry by breaking into their houses and rearranging furniture, is good enough to carry the movie by itself. However, things don't always go as planned, either in the real world or the film world, and the activists are stuck dealing with a situation that questions their values. How they handle that, in the midst of sub-plots and general chaos, is the real thrust of the film. It makes for good viewing; you can't be quite sure what is going to happen next, or who it will happen to. Watching the rebellious youth try to adhere to the principles of the revolution despite the personal cost to them is the real education.
The message of the film is at the very end, in a twist ending that surprised me; but then I'm fairly gullible. The scantily clad Irish woman said she saw it coming, but she didn't tell me before hand so maybe she was just baiting me.
I highly recommend this movie for any time that you are in the mood for something to discuss, a film that will make you think about the nature of people.
Inspiration, feelings, thoughts, emotion, life, tension, idealism, morality, activism, temptation, love, friendship... One of the best movies i've ever seen. I never read about it before, but after watching it yesterday night with a friend, i couldn't stop thinking about the whole plot, the ending, the dialogs, all the words and actions in the movie. And I watched it again just right now. I liked it a lot, i could feel everything: tension, anger, love, friendship, everything. Very few movies make you feel and think that way. There's no need to write about the plot, it must be discovered by you. It will make you think a lot and will touch you emotionally. Be clever, and enjoy the great cinema. The best movies aren't the one with the best images and less mistakes, but the movies which make you think and wake up your curiosity about things. Highly recommended!
One things that is drastically lacking in the more developed areas of our world today is a social conscience. Many people are simply not concerned with social equality if it is going to take any sort of effort on their part. This movie challenges our apathy and screams at us to get off of the couch (after the movie is done, of course) and raise a little hell! We are edukated to not be complacent in the face of the powers that threaten to segregate us even further. This film is not perfect, but the message is fresh and completely different from any other film I've seen. Some have called it too didactic, but I don't think that is a problem. Every film we watch is there to instruct us; how to look, how to act, how to feel, what to do, what to be etc. And a lot of this instruction is horribly detrimental to our revolutionary hearts. I'm not saying we all need to start marching and fighting, but it wouldn't hurt us to think a little more about the exploitation of millions/billions, and the rewards for the few elite. If this film is trying to be morally instructive, at least it is trying to fight for the little guy, and isn't pushing people to feel unhappy about the way they look, act, feel etc. Let's not let the powers of the world separate us any further. What can we accomplish if we understand that we are all one? So let's get up, stand up, and edukate!
This movie was so cool.
If you're a disillusioned left leaning youth, you will love this film. If you're an aging hippy wondering where the new generation of left thinking kids are, see this movie. Parents do you wonder why your college age child won't get a haircut and a real job, this is the answer. And if you're a former hippy who grew up and joined the main stream rat race, this one's for you.
Three, 20-something Berliners stage a protest against the exploitations of capitalism, but in their own way. They break into homes of the uber rich to rearrange furniture, leaving funny notes yet never stealing a thing. I wished I was 20 again when I saw this film. Why oh why did I join the main stream? There are a few holes in the plot (the ending and a little throughout) but the overall coolness of the movie made up for it. And a good soundtrack too.
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Just watched this, loved it.
Truly a refreshing change from the normal sort of tosh that is churned out by the bucket-load in Hollywood.
Having read a few of the posts with regards to the end of the movie, I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring too.
The end is deliberately ambiguous, relying on the moral standpoint of the viewer to define it. If you felt that the diktators got help from the guy they kidnapped in order to get away and continue their work, then you're probably like me - part-hippie, part-revolutionary.
If you felt that the diktators merely predicted that the guy they kidnapped would call the police, then you're probably one of those upstanding citizens we all hear and read about.
The truth is what you make it.
Some people never change. ;)
7.7 / 10
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My class and i studied this film as our A-level focus film for our exam
and we all loved it. all the girls thought the guys were really hot and
the story line was amazing. we decided to read some reviews before
posting our own and by the looks of things most people feel the same
way as we do!
this has been a very interesting film to study, however the ending shouldn't of been changed for us English viewers. we have come away form the Edukators with completely different morals then the rest of the world.
can't wait to see what the exam question will ask about this film but believe me i won't be able to stop writing!
This movie was recommended by a friend who liked Jan in Goodbye Lenin. I was doubtful at first, based solely on the blurbs on the case containing the DVD, but the movie has wonderful acting, camera work, directing,great tension, great plot switches, excellent use of scenery. A surprise and I loved it. Jan is perfectly caste as is the young woman,and the business executive could not be better. The director has done it again. The writing is flawless.How much more can I saw to indicate how much I liked this movie. They three friends are right. Did besten Ideen uberleben and Manche Menschen andern sich nie. Maybe this movie will change the last judgment.
A girl and two guys want to change the world by breaking into large
mansions, rearranging the furniture, and leaving messages to make
people think about their capitalistic lifestyles and take away the
sense of security that all their possessions have given them. Oh, and
they do it for the adrenaline rush too, of course. Eventually, things
(naturally) get out of hand, forcing them (and one of their "victims")
to rethink their ideas about just about everything.
Thus goes the story of "The Edukators", a German movie that blends action movie, romantic drama, and political statement into a mostly successful package that manages to entertain and perhaps even make you think a bit.
"The Edukators" probably works best as a drama: the three main characters are undoubtedly sympathetic, and the young actors do a great job of portraying them in a believable way. The actual story is perhaps a bit predictable, but it's good enough to keep your interest.
As a political statement, it's perhaps a bit less successful, but it still manages to bring up a couple of good points. At the very least, it has its heart in the right place without ever becoming too zealous or preachy: the left-wing message is certainly there, but it's not forced upon you, and it's delivered in a fairly balanced way.
The drama and politics are served up in a very enjoyable way. In spite of some rather serious issues, the movie fortunately never becomes dull of heavy. There's just the right amount of humor in there, and the excellent sound track and natural camera work add to the excellent atmosphere. It's true that ten to fifteen minutes could probably have been edited out, but that's a very minor complaint.
In the end, "The Edukators" is a highly enjoyable mix of genres, which is definitely more than the sum of its parts. It's a touching, sympathetic and thought-provoking movie that it certainly worth a look.
**** out of *****
The Edukators is a German flick starring Daniel Brühl as Jan (you may
have seen him in 'Goodbye Lenin'), Julia Jentsch as Jule, Stipe Erceg
as Peter, and Burghart Klaußner as Hardenberg ...
I absolutely loved this film... It's beautifully shot in vivid digital video in diverse locations from urban Berlin to rural Germany... The actors performances are excellent in their portrayal of twenty something disaffected youth... Most importantly the writing is honest, believable, and never preachy despite the subject matter...
The story revolves around four characters, three of whom are anti-capitalist activists, and one who's a bourgeois executive... The two male leads, Jan and Peter are best friends who've grown bored with chanting slogans as a means of resistance and decide to take it up a notch by breaking into the estates of elite Germans, rearranging their furniture and belongings only to leave a note saying "You have to much money" or "Your days of plenty are numbered"... But when Jule gets involved in their campaign of psychological class warfare the trio finds themselves in over their head both legally and personally...
What follows is subtle and profound meditation on revolutionary struggle and interpersonal relationships... The films strength lie in its refusal to vilify "the enemy" in this case personified by the middle aged millionaire Hardenberg... This puts a human face on issues that, all too often, are seen as a matter of Us vs. Them and it demands that we employ a critical lens to examine our own values...
This is a must see for any radical but will definitely be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates cutting edge German cinema...
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