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The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei) (2004)

  Directed by: Hans Weingartner
Written by: Katharina Held, Hans Weingartner
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Stipe Erceg, Julia Jentsch, Burghart Klaußner
Links: The Edukators on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating)
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"Nice in theory, not so brilliant in execution" - a review by pearly

The Edukators are a small group of anarchists who disagree with their capitalist surroundings, and as such, perform a series of pranks to try to get the word out about their viewpoint. The pranks consist of things like breaking into rich people's homes and rearranging furniture, leaving notes that say "your days of plenty are numbered" or similar.

But in reality, The Edukators is actually just two fairly regular guys. There's Jan (Daniel Brühl), a soft-spoken guy who is a bit of a loner, and Peter (Stipe Erceg), the more dominant of the two. The pair have always been very careful with their pranks to ensure that they are not caught, but when Peter goes away for a while and leaves his girlfriend Jule (Julia Jentsch) in the care of Jan, things become a lot more complicated, and the three find themselves in a lot deeper than they had ever wanted to be.

The themes running through this film reminded me a lot of the last film I saw starring Brühl: Good Bye Lenin! (2003). There's a lot about morality, and the value of money over community, but this film says its piece in a lot more of a preachy way than Good Bye Lenin! did. The film does make you think about its themes, and if you have an appreciation for the viewpoint expressed, it's not likely to bother you, but the film is quite long, with a few distinct sections, and I found it to be all a bit much by the end. As a concept, I thought the film showed great promise, and to begin with, it delivered on this, but halfway through, it started getting bogged down in too many of its storylines, and, like what happened with A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), there were many moments where you thought the film was trying to draw to a close, but it actually just began heading off on another tangent.

I enjoyed the relationship between Brühl and Jentsch's characters, I thought that was well portrayed, and I liked the basic concept behind the film, but it could have done with some swift editing to pare it back to those basics.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 9 Jun 2005

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