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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Che meets Rockefeller ...

Author: huksy from L.E., Germany
18 September 2004


This movie is a confrontation of two generations. Without getting boring the director tried to find a new way or a new sense of 68's revolution. The result is an interesting story and of course some really funny - but still very natural - scenes. Big praise to the camera. It reflects always the right mood: hectic, calm, with distance, emotional, ... Just the actors sometimes seem to ad-lib, and the end is a friendly compromise.

In the whole: A very entertaining film about Revolution, Friendship and Love! 8 of 10 points! ;-)

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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

So many good votes can't lie

Author: mdenkinger from Freiburg, Germany
30 November 2004

Just a short note: this movie is very well done. The plot is interesting and well played. I'm sure that you will not be disappointed if you decide to watch it. OK, it might be 3 minutes too long, but I never felt bored in any way. The characters are nicely displayed and the message is more than worth to discuss (and I am sure that you will discuss after the movie, unless you don't like discussing at all...).

Just take the risk!

Cheers! M

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Wonderful movie with a lot of heart!

Author: edwardlovette from Florida, United States
18 May 2017

This movie is fantastic. It has a great moral message about materialism and also about loyalty. I just love this movie and I can't think of a better movie I have ever seen except for a mere handful. This movie is not a waste of your time. You might disagree with the characters actions but you will love their altruism. A really great movie.

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German Dreamers

Author: Thomas ( from Berlin, Germany
14 February 2016

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"Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" or "The Edukators" is a German 2-hour film from over 10 years ago written and directed by Hans Weingartner. The core cast here includes Daniel Brühl and Julia Jentsch (2 of Germany's biggest stars back then, Brühl still today) plus Stipe Erceg and Burghart Klaussner, who won a German Film Award for his supporting performance here. The movie itself also finished in second place behind " Alles auf Zucker!". It is somewhat a mix of "Funny Games" and "The Dreamers", so basically a kidnapping film that is not a thriller though and not about who lives and who dies, but about the protagonists' approach to life and society. And as much as this may apply to the young trio, for me, it was all about Klaussner's character here, a man at the age of 50 who sees himself in the idea of his captors before life took him into a completely different connection, one that went basically against everything that he believed in as a young man, the ideals of his youth.

Another crucial aspect is the harmony in this film. Yes there are struggles when Erceg realizes the other two are in love, but at the end he can not only accept it because love is all that matters, but it also won't severely damage his friendship, especially to Brühl's character. And still, even if this film can not be called a thriller at any point, it is still a fairly tense watch. The scenes during which they break into the houses are pretty thrilling to watch and the moment we see Klaußner's character appear and catch them in the act is one of the best of the entire film. Also the scenes in the countryside with the characters' interactions were captivating to watch.

Finally, you cannot really do anything wrong with the inclusion of "Hallelujah", even if the version used in here does not come from the master himself, Leonard Cohen. This was a truly nice way to end the film. I must say as strong as the direction here is, the heart and soul of the film is (except Klaussner's performance) the script. The comments about life happening and slowly turning you into somebody else in order to be able to care for a family for example was something that really stays in the mind. The film runs a couple minutes longer than 2 hours, so pretty long, but I must say it never dragged at all and I personally always like it when the cast of a film is very small, very essential and all the main characters are elaborated on properly. The only negative note I can think of is that the only one from the trio who still gives convincing performances in my opinion is Klaussner, which is really sad as the 3 young actors certainly looked very promising here. Brühl occasionally has a pretty solid performance like "Rush", but as a whole he basically always plays the same character. Back to this film here, though, I highly recommend watching it. Interesting political messages and a wonderful character study. Don't miss out.

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**Spoiler** Not pleased with the ending

Author: kylknght from Hoboken, New Jersey
17 June 2015

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The Edukators is named after the Self Designated name of a group, by which three characters the film follows, created. Jan and Peter, whom are best friends, are the original team that make up The Edukators. They are renown for breaking into large villas in their town and rearranging the furniture to instill a fear into the wealthy homeowners that they are not safe. Instead of burglary as the end goal of their breaking and entering, they want to send a message to the upper class that they have more money then they need. Jules, Peter's girlfriend is a victim of an upperclassman named Hardenburg, who sued her for totaling his Mercedes a few years before the film. Jule had no insurance, and therefore was in over her head with debt. At the start of the film, Jule was not informed of the team her boyfriend and his friend had been a part of. A love drama begins around Jule and Jan, while Peter goes away to Barcelona. Jan tells Jule what him and Peter actually do at night while she's sleeping. Jule begins to fall in love with the idea of going against the upper class while at the same time falling for Jan. One evening, while Peter is still away, Jule spontaneously decides to break into Hardenburg's home with Jan and commit the usual acts of the group. During their act, Jule mistakenly leaves her cell phone behind. When they both go back the next night, Hardenburg comes home to catch the two red handed. Hardenburg also recognized Jule, so caught in this predicament, they decide to call Peter to come to the home and help kidnap him. The second half of the story than encircles the group in a vacation cabin in rural Germany, which Jule's uncle owns and seldom stays. While inhabiting the cabin and taking care of their prisoner, the four converse about the purpose of their group and Hardenburg's background. While this is happening the love triangle begins to unfold, and feelings get hurt. Surprisingly, the group finds out that Hardenburg was once part of a similar team in the '60s called the Socialist German Student Union. In my opinion, the second half of the movie is dry and very slow. It seems to turn from a political led action flick to a love story where friendship is tested. I agree with one of the reviews here that the movie could have been much bolder with the ending but instead chose to be didactic. I hope you find this useful and would love to talk to anyone who wants to discuss the movie more!

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Good, yet a bit uneven story

Author: Bene Cumb from Estonia/Tallinn
9 February 2015

This film could be roughly divided into 2 halves: 1st, with 3 main characters, is more dynamic, 2nd, with 4 main characters, is more static; the 1st means more action, the 2nd - more reasoning. Both are skilfully created and accomplished, but the 3 young people among themselves seemed more interesting and realistic to me than 3 young vs 1 older; the latter's reactions were sometimes not so feasible. Luckily, the ending has several twists, so you "forget" that/if you started to scent a trivial round-up.

Anyway, all performances were good and distinct, perhaps Daniel Brühl's character was more versatile, with more presence on screen (or he is just more famous internationally?).

Thus, a recommended film about reality vs. idealism, empathy vs. conformism, and other topics giving food for thought. And I began to yearn for their hippie Volkswagen bus again... :)

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"Your days of plenty are numbered!"

Author: Shannon Weiss from United States
22 October 2008

The Edukators presents itself as a dark comedy aimed at deconstructing contemporary bourgeois society with a satirical wit. At surface value the films tells the story of self- proclaimed revolutionaries who break into German villas to execute their own political agenda. Rather than with Robin Hood tactics of give and take, or rather take to give, the Edukators simply rearrange the possessions found within the houses they enter; their goal is to strip the wealthy of the false sense of security they procure through financial stability. The film is sure to surprise as its hidden layers unfold and suddenly poignant moments arise. The filmmakers aim to invoke in their viewers a political voice and an urgency to take action. Referencing past revolutionaries and utilizing contemporary music as a stimulator, the film speaks on behalf of an archetypal counter-culture while avoiding any sense of melodrama or impracticality. In addition the narrative touches on a variety of universal themes that include but are not limited to self-discovery, love, friendship, betrayal, and morality. The film maintains a subtle level of sentimentality that allows piercing moments of suspense to rise to the surface while social implications strike the viewer in a meaningful but not overbearing way.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Idealism of Youth and the Realism of Adulthood: Tempering the Blazes

Author: gradyharp from United States
1 December 2005

'Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei' or THE EDUKATORS has a message, a message that deals with the 'education' of the captains of industry by the idealistic socially conscious rebels among the youth AND the 'education' of those rebellious youths by the world wise/weary hoarders of wealth whose life change resulted from being the rebellious youth of yesteryear. The dichotomy of opinions makes for a thoughtful and thought-provoking diatribe that lifts this film from an action movie into the realm of a psychological 'thriller' of sorts.

Peter (Stipe Erceg) and Jan (Daniel Brühl) have been close friends for fifteen years, share a flat, and spend their time attacking the corrupt society in which they resentfully find themselves by breaking in to wealthy peoples homes while the owners are away, rearranging all the furniture and leaving notes that inform them their days of lifestyle are doomed. They do not steal or damage: their acts are political and philosophical statements. Jan is the more idealistic of the two and also the more reclusive. Peter is gregarious and finds a live-in girlfriend Jule (Julia Jentsch) who slowly becomes attracted to Jan, more for bonding than for Peter's physical emphasis. Jule confesses to Jan that the reason she cannot accompany the good-hearted Peter on a trip to Spain is that she is deeply in debt, the result of an accident in her old car with a new Mercedes belonging to an older wealthy man Hardenburg (Burghart Klaußner) who is making Jule pay him the 100,000 Euros the car cost him. Jule is complying but is resentful that a man of wealth is so money conscious that he has overlooked the fact that his demands have made her life intolerable. When Jule is informed of Peter's and Jan's night capers, she suggests the trio make Hardenburg's home their next ploy. The result of a bluster, the trio is discovered by Hardenburg and they opt to kidnap him to prevent their going to jail.

Retreating to a country cabin the now 'quartet' slowly come to understand each other, with Hardenburg confessing that in his youth he too was a hippie and a member of a similarly socially conscious gang. He reminisces and gains the trio's respect, is instrumental in revealing the fact the what he believes is a ménage a trois is in reality a changing of partners for Jule, preferring Jan to Peter. How this new information alters the plans of the kidnapping and its resolution is the climax of the film and accompanies some surprises best left to the individual viewer's enjoyment.

The actors are uniformly excellent: Daniel Brühl is rapidly growing into a very fine actor and Julia Jentsch is most assuredly a new actor to watch. The film gets a bit long in the tooth for the static situation of the final half, but the impact of the ending rescues the story from any flaws it may have had. Director Hans Weingartner understands the fine line between message films and entertaining movies and succeeds briskly with this one. THE EDUKATORS leaves us with food for thought no matter the age group - current rebels or aged rebels! Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

An enjoyable movie

Author: hugobolso-1 from Uruguay
14 November 2005

the edukators isn't of course the best Bavarian film, itsn't perfect, maybe with 10 minutes less would be a much better movie, and the ideas and ideology unfortunately aren't the best. The Edukators are two guys and a girl, that aren't the best examples of the youth, however they have lot of innocence in their thoughts. However, in a world of Mean girls and the Hillary Duff or Ashton Kutcher movies, the Edukators is just a Fresh Air needed in a world of MC Donalds and fabricated stars. The first half an hour is wonderful, very quick and thrilling the next 1 and 1/2 is a much slower movie.

However, apart of the fresh air, there is a very good cast of 4 people Daniel Brühl as the brain, Julia Jentsch as the troubled young woman that want some help,Stipe Erceg the electrician and Jentsech boyfriend and Burghart Klaußner the kidnapped rich guy with a revolutionary past. And specially the chemistry between Brul (Good bye Lenin) and Jentsech (Sophie Schol), one of the best couples I've seen in a long time.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

an anti-capitalist activists movie, a guidebook to pro-capitalist

Author: baihaqi from Surabaya, Indonesia
27 March 2006

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I enjoy this movie, it give me something different because I usually consume American movies, this movie give me a picture about day living in Germany, deutch youngsters...

I buy the DVD, I assume i will get the struggle of activist against the system, yes I did found that jan, peter, and jule rearrange expensive furniture and give 'edukators' to rich people, hardenberg, in this case, but in fact, I've got the message that I should follow the hardenberg way to earn money as much as possible rather than follow those activists...

below 30 you must idealist, after 30 you must capitalist.

in this movie there are a bunch of American musics, and one awful Germany song. so American influence... so capitalist...

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