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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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Details

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:

$393,664 (Germany), 10 December 2004

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,075, 24 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$175,493, 16 October 2005
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Where's The Real Sky" is credited to Jeff Cole on the soundtrack and was mentioned in the movie as a favorite artist of Jan and Jule. Jeff Cole is a pseudonym for the score-writer, Andreas Wodraschke. The singer is his friend Sam Genders of London. See more »

Goofs

When making the phone call in the village, part of the camera is reflected in the door. See more »

Quotes

Jan: We live in a capitalist dictatorship.
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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

References The Matrix (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Mondo 77
Written by Black, David, David, Twynholm
Performed by Looper
Released by Jeepster Recordings
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Entertaining to the very last scene
16 December 2004 | by david7031See all my reviews

I went to this film expecting a comedy in the mold of "Sonnenallee" or "Good Bye Lenin", and I wasn't disappointed. The characters became very real to me, even Hardenberg, the kidnapped businessman, who was a bit wooden at the beginning. For me, the best part of the film was watching the relationships build between all 4 of the main characters, both before and after the kidnapping. There is really very little action in the film: it's more about watching the characters develop personally and in their dealings with each other. Lest this sound too dry, I found the film quite humorous at times, exciting and emotionally intense. The conclusion is left open to interpretation--but you'll have to watch the film quite carefully to have the data you need to make your own interpretation! Highly recommended!


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