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The Edukators (2004)

Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (original title)
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Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

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Hans Weingartner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Brühl ... Jan
Julia Jentsch ... Jule
Stipe Erceg ... Peter
Burghart Klaußner ... Hardenberg (as Burghart Klaussner)
Peer Martiny ... Villenbesitzer Jürgen
Petra Zieser Petra Zieser ... Villenbesitzerin
Laura Schmidt Laura Schmidt ... Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz Sebastian Butz ... Sohn
Oliver Bröcker Oliver Bröcker ... Aggressiver Globalisierungsgegner
Knut Berger Knut Berger ... Globalisierungsgegner
Hanns Zischler ... Vermieter
Claudio Caiolo Claudio Caiolo ... Paolo
Bernhard Bettermann Bernhard Bettermann ... Jules Chef
Sylvia Haider Sylvia Haider ... Neureiche Frau 1
Claudia Jakobshagen Claudia Jakobshagen ... Neureiche Frau 2
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Storyline

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 {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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Your Days Of Plenty Are Numbered See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

25 November 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Edukators See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,075, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$175,493

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,152,859
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hans Weingartner: one of the protesters at the beginning. See more »

Goofs

Despite Jan, Peter and Jule all standing on the top deck of the yacht when cruising out of the harbor, a person can be seen in the cabin of the yacht in a side shot. See more »

Quotes

Jan: Fear is a powerful drug when you learn to use it.
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Crazy Credits

There is an additional take after the credits related to the last project of the three protagonists. See more »

Alternate Versions

All foreign (non-German) theatrical versions omit a scene in the ending. The reason for this is that the scene had not been finished at the time the movie was shown at the Cannes film festival. But the distribution rights had already been sold to 44 countries and the director didn't want to force local distributors to take the new ending. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Edukators See more »

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Mondo 77
Written by Black, David, David, Twynholm
Performed by Looper
Released by Jeepster Recordings
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Wonderful movie
21 April 2005 | by morgonhedSee all my reviews

I have to issue a few words of warning first:

Don't see this movie after you have just enjoyed a really good Hollywood-production (as I did). Because if you do you may at first be put off a little bit by the quality of this digital productions that does not quite come up to 35mm-standards.

You will notice this for about 10 seconds.

Two hours later however you won't quite understand anymore what exactly it was you liked so much about this great Hollywood-movie that suddenly seems to be so shallow, so void of real issues and characters ...

This is a wonderful, wonderful gem of a movie that won't bore you even for a second and will keep you thinking for days and days.

I don't want to go into the plot here (see for yourself), just that: This is NOT a movie that can be summed up in one statement. It is a film about political activism, love, friendship, ideals in life and how we betray them, the generation if 1968 and what became of them, the dynamics of small groups and, and, and...

To wrap so much relevant issues into a gripping, highly entertaining and even funny story for me is a real miracle in scriptwriting. The dialogues are outstanding.

Of course the main reason this movie works so well is the fantastic cast. All four main characters are absolutely phenomenal and of course Danny Bruehl and Julia Jentsch show again that they are the best German actors of their generation.

This movie touches you emotionally, gives you food for thought and entertains immensely at the same time. For me it is the best movie I have seen this year.

This is what cinema should be like.


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