The Edukators (Die fetten jahre sind vorbei) - Daniel Brühl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Hans Weingartner
Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
Your days of plenty are numbered.
Jan (Daniel Brühl), Peter (Stipe Erceg) and Jule (Julia Jentsch) are living out their rebellious youth. They are united by their passion to change the state of the world. Jan channels his anger into causes and at unfair politics of the rich. His hip room-mate Peter shares the same ideals, but is much more relaxed. Peter's girlfriend Jule has just moved in because she can't make ends meet on her waitress' salary.
Little does Jule know, Jan and Peter are "The Edukators", mysterious perpetrators who creatively and non-violently warn the local yacht club members their "days of plenty are numbered." It turns out Jules has a secret of her own: a past automobile mishap has burdened her with monthly payments for a lifetime to successful businessman Hardenberg (Burghart Klaußner).
While Peter is away on holiday, Jan and Jules recklessly break into Hardenberg's villa for some "edukating". They also act on the feelings that have been growing between them.
When Jan and Jule are forced to return to the villa the following night to retrieve a forgotten cell phone, they are surprised by Hardenberg. They have no choice but to call Peter for help, even if it means risking his finding out about their hidden romance.
The trio makes the rash decision to kidnap the rich entrepreneur and retreat to a relative's mountain cabin. The young idealists find themselves face-to-face with the values of the generation in power...
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film German Germany social justice non-violence crime politics kidnap
Persons of interest
- Daniel Brühl .... Jan
- Julia Jentsch .... Jule
- Stipe Erceg .... Peter
- Burghart Klaußner .... Hardenberg
- Laura Schmidt .... Tochter
- Sebastian Butz .... Sohn
- Hanns Zischler .... Vermieter
- Claudio Caiolo .... Paolo
- Bernhard Bettermann .... Jules Chef
- Lara Schützsack .... Peters Bekannte
- Heinz Fitz .... Wanderer
- Albert Gürtler .... Betrunkener
- Katharina Held .... Screenwriter
- Hans Weingartner .... Screenwriter
- Hans Weingartner .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
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- The Edukators (Die fetten jahre sind vorbei) production notes
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- Awards and film festivals:
- Cannes Film Festival 2004: Nominated: Golden Palm (Hans Weingartner)
- São Paulo International Film Festival 2004: New filmmakers competition
- NB: German language dialogue with English language subtitles
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Special Agent Matti
The Edukators is clearly an art-house movie: it involves politics, philosophy, actions, consequences, self-doubt, subtitles, breasts and an understated love triangle. What's really surprising is that Germans manage to be funny. Intentionally. What's more, this film also manages to be relevant: watch The Yes Men for real-life agents provocateurs who aren't so different from The Edukators.
Meanwhile, Daniel Brühl is the German Ewan McGregor. I love watching him (them). He's cute without being pretty, he's dramatic without being ostentatious, he's magnetic without being overbearing. He is simpatico. Stipe Erceg isn't too bad, either, but he's so overflowing with sex appeal that you can see the testosterone dripping like sweat on a summer day. Phwaorgh.
This film's a keeper.
Security censorship classification
M (Medium level sex scene, drug use, low level coarse language, low level violence)
124 minutes (2:04 hours)