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The living room furniture has been rearranged in a mischievous manner. The dining room chairs are precariously stacked upon one another like some demented work of abstract modern art. The home stereo system now resides in the refrigerator. These are some of the bizarre happenings that greet an affluent family upon their return from holiday. But how, you may wonder, did these strange events transpire, and, more to the point, why? A cryptic note left at the scene gives a chilling clue: "Your Days of Plenty Are Numbered - The Edukators"
The Edukators are, in fact, a couple of young German men; dime-store anarchists in their early twenties who hand out political flyers by day, and rearrange the furniture of the rich by night. The Edukators seek not to burgle, as nothing is ever taken from the victim's residence. Their real motive is to shake the upper-class out of its comfort zone, showing that, despite all the security money can buy, the German elite are still not safe from those they have unjustly profited from and oppressed. But, even the Edukators, Jan and Peter, have a comfort zone, and they are about to be shaken out of it by Jule, a young woman who shares their idealistic dreams.
What strikes me the most about The Edukators is how well written it is. While it does make its idealistic point over and over and over again, it does so from a solid, purely character-based standpoint. Jan, Peter, and Jule are as headstrong and unyielding in their revolutionary views as their intended targets are with complacency in the staus-quo.
The film works quite well as a compelling story of rebellious, dysfunctional German youth, demonstrating the powerful hold that idealism can have, especially when combined with self-centered naivety. Jan, Peter, and Jule cling to their political causes, not so much to serve the greater good, but to serve themselves. Such diversions provide them with a convenient scapegoat from real adult responsibilities, responsibilities that would force them to examine their own lack of purpose and direction in life.
Politics aside, The Edukators also features fine acting from its principle cast, refreshingly original camerawork, some interesting plot twists, and a story that stimulates thought as well as it entertains. No matter what social class you've been burdened with, for fine German cinema, seek out The Edukators.
Directed By: Hans Weingartner
Written By: Katharina Held / Hans Weingartner
Starring: Daniel Brühl , Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg, Burghart Klaußner
MPAA: Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality, and some drug use.