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The Edukators

R Released Jul 22, 2005 2h 4m Drama List
70% Tomatometer 76 Reviews 89% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Peter (Stipe Erceg) and Jan (Daniel Brühl) are "edukators," anarchists who break into wealthy people's homes -- never stealing, but serving notice to fatcats that their days are numbered. Along comes Jule (Julia Jentsch), a poor student and Peter's girlfriend, who convinces Jan to help her edukate a businessman (Burghart Klaussner) she owes money to. When Jule mistakenly leaves evidence behind, they must go back to the crime scene, where they are surprised and events quickly get out of hand. Read More Read Less

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The Edukators engagingly plays out the clash between youthful idealism and older pragmaticism.

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Empire Magazine Rated: 3/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Susan Walker Toronto Star What is interesting to watch are the unexpected turns that occur when a jilted lover, a kidnapped rich capitalist and a pair of new lovers are cooped up in an isolated chalet. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 7, 2005 Full Review Liam Lacey Globe and Mail Plays out like an ambivalent political tract, full of dissatisfaction but no conclusions. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 7, 2005 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International It's deeply heartfelt and affecting, filmed with a nervy camera style that lends a vivid immediacy to the action. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Chelsea Bain Boston Herald Rated: 3/4 Oct 21, 2006 Full Review Joseph Proimakis Movies for the Masses full review in Greek Rated: 3/5 Oct 3, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Karen C Absolutely amazing. Don't be misled by the crowd here who would not appreciate a non-American movie about protesting against the system. If you feel like watching something about justice, give it a shot. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/09/23 Full Review Gareth v A solid and entertaining movie, that could of been better with a tighter screenplay and shorter runtime. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/18/23 Full Review dave s Intent on undermining capitalism, a small group of radicals break into the homes of the wealthy, rearrange the furniture, steal nothing, and leave the following message: "Your days of plenty are numbered." However, when one of the break-ins goes wrong, three revolutionaries become kidnappers with no exit strategy and are forced to examine their own ideologies. The Edukators is an intriguing examination of faulty principles and how those principles evolve over time. Its style can be distracting at times (plenty of jump cuts that feel awkward and some erratic camerawork), but the film works due to its original idea, strong performances, and lots of crisp dialogue. The Edukators doesn't provide any answers, which is fine, but it is sure to incite dialogue regarding the successes and failures with Western ideologies. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Magnífico argumento de la película que critica el sistema social. Gran dirección de Hans Weingartner. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review cees t Too long, but at least the mandatory arthouse kitchen scene wasn't depressing. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member it was a great experience. I enjoyed how the storytelling is developed in this movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Peter (Stipe Erceg) and Jan (Daniel Brühl) are "edukators," anarchists who break into wealthy people's homes -- never stealing, but serving notice to fatcats that their days are numbered. Along comes Jule (Julia Jentsch), a poor student and Peter's girlfriend, who convinces Jan to help her edukate a businessman (Burghart Klaussner) she owes money to. When Jule mistakenly leaves evidence behind, they must go back to the crime scene, where they are surprised and events quickly get out of hand.
Director
Hans Weingartner
Producer
Sabine Holtgreve, George Steinert, Antonin Svoboda, Hans Weingartner
Screenwriter
Katharina Held, Hans Weingartner
Distributor
IFC Films
Production Co
Y3 Film
Rating
R (Some Drug Use|Scene of Sexuality|Language)
Genre
Drama
Original Language
German
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 22, 2005, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 13, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$175.5K
Runtime
2h 4m
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