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Three young radicals face off against an older man who left behind his ideals years ago in this drama from Austria. Jan Daniel Brühl and Peter Stipe Erceg are a pair of leftist political activists who have their own ideas of how to strike out in the name of economic justice. Jan and Peter like to break into the homes of the rich, re-arrange their belongings, and leave behind a note crediting "the Edukators" with the invasion, satisfied that their efforts will teach their victims a lesson about the futility of ...
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Three young radicals face off against an older man who left behind his ideals years ago in this drama from Austria. Jan Daniel Brühl and Peter Stipe Erceg are a pair of leftist political activists who have their own ideas of how to strike out in the name of economic justice. Jan and Peter like to break into the homes of the rich, re-arrange their belongings, and leave behind a note crediting "the Edukators" with the invasion, satisfied that their efforts will teach their victims a lesson about the futility of wealth. Peter's girlfriend, Jule Julia Jentsch, who has found herself homeless and deeply in debt after she ran into a Mercedes Benz in a car accident, moves in with the two friends and starts joining them on their periodic missions. Jule convinces Peter and Jan that they should hit the home of Hardenberg Burghart Klaussner, the businessman whose Mercedes caused her so much trouble. They agree, but when Jule makes the mistake of leaving behind her cell phone, they're forced to return, only to discover Hardenberg at home and waiting for them. Not certain what to do, Jan, Peter, and Jule abduct Hardenberg and take him to a cabin in the woods while they plan their next move. However, their attempts to enlighten Hardenberg fall on deaf ears; they discover that the businessman was a leftist activist himself in his college days and, several decades on, looks upon his radical past as the folly of youth. Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei aka The Edukators was screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

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Somewhere between punk anarchy and 1960s radicalism lies the revolutionary spirit at the heart of The Edukators, a well-crafted and thought-provoking German-language film from director Hans Weingartner. But the philosophy of the titular group -- unsettle the rich by invading their privacy, not their bank accounts -- isn't really this film's focus. Rather, it's a window into the souls of the three central characters, as well as a fourth, who becomes an unwitting visitor in their world. Before we've fully learned what the Edukators are, we learn what they aren't -- as Jan Daniel Brühl scolds Peter Stipe Erceg for swiping an expensive wristwatch from the last home they "rearranged," we discover their mission statement doesn't involve financial gain. Why they are doing it, however, becomes a subject the film debates -- and whether they're having any impact, a subject the film agonizes over. The litmus test for their theories is a mansion-owning businessman named Hardenberg Burghart Klaußner, who may just represent them in 30 years -- born from their activist roots, then aged into conservatism. But perhaps more profound than this overt disconnect between the message they're sending and their targets' actual ability to apply the message to their lives, is the realization that romantic love may actually be more important to the Edukators than their principles. The trio is about torn apart by a love triangle, and for all their bluster about changing the world, they aren't immune to the small-scale frailties of their hearts. Considering that The Edukators is also an effective and unobtrusively touching boy-meets-girl story, it's a real testament to its versatility as a film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • UPC: 027616125064
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Brühl Jan
Julia Jentsch Jule
Stipe Erceg Peter
Burghart Klaußner Hardenburg
Technical Credits
Hans Weingartner Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Uwe Dresch Sound/Sound Designer
Christian M. Goldbeck Art Director, Production Designer
Katharina Held Screenwriter
Daniella Knapp Cinematographer
Silke Koch Casting
Suse Marquardt Casting
Dirk Oetelshoven Editor
Silvia Pernegger Costumes/Costume Designer, Makeup
Matthias Schellenberg Cinematographer
Stefan Soltau Sound/Sound Designer
Antonin Svoboda Producer
Andreas Wodraschke Score Composer, Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Edukators
1. Start [11:36]
2. Thieves' Honor [6:20]
3. A Moral Justice [9:20]
4. The Revolutionary Heart [11:02]
5. A Quick Look Inside [7:20]
6. How the Richer Half Lives [8:44]
7. What Now? [4:06]
8. Mountain Vacation [12:47]
9. A Capitalist's Story [:36]
10. Necessary Phone Calls [5:27]
11. The End of Free Love [15:00]
12. The Best Ideas Survive [9:43]
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Disc #1 -- The Edukators
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 5, 2014

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    This is a good movie, covering an interesting idea. I can't cal

    This is a good movie, covering an interesting idea. I can't call it "very good" as the music is irritating to the point of making you turn-off the volume and just read the subtitles.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An Edukation

    The theme of the film can best be summed up by the comment of one of the characters that there is something wrong with you if you are not a rebel activist before you are 30, or still one after 30. This movie is both amusing and serious social commentary with an appealing cast. At first the idealistic young men win us over, but they are no match for the mature man they come up against. A delightfully serious film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie Will Change Your Life

    This is such a wonderful movie, I highly recommend it. It makes many valid points about the ugly side of capitalism in a very unique way. This is also a very suspenseful movie- it is almost impossible to watch it without "yelling at the TV". You don't need to know any German or be interested in German to enjoy this movie, however it is useful for those who are learning the language because of all the slang they use.

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    Posted January 1, 2009

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