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While Peter is out of town, his girlfriend Jule and Jan spend time together and become attracted to each other. After Jan introduces Jule to the Edukators' tactics, Jule convinces him to help her "visit" the home of a businessman to whom she owes a large sum of money following a car accident. The man catches them and they end up kidnapping him, bringing Peter into the action. The rest of the film follows the three friends as they decide what to do with their victim and debate politics with him. Some of these discussions are interesting, though they inevitably follow a predictable course ("you are a parasite living off the poor" vs. "I have a right to what I earned," to paraphrase). The businessman, however, moves from arguing with his captors to sympathizing with them, explaining that he was once a radical himself.Read more ›
The Edukators takes us on a journey with three would-be revolutionaries: Jan, a passionate iconoclast who rails against the commodification of dissent ("What used to be revolutionary, you can buy in stores today. Che Guevara t-shirts and anarchy stickers."); Jule (played by Julia Jentsch, the dazzling young actress from "Sophie Scholl"), a directionless and searching soul who, as Jan says, goes to so many protests against exploitation and oppression but is still oppressed and exploited herself; and Peter, an somewhat naïve idealist who early on tells Jule to "always go for the brightest colors" when choosing an ice cream flavor.
Apparently, writer/director Hans Weingartner took these latter words to heart in the making of this movie; it's been ages since I've seen such vivid, vibrant hues in a film - from the chaotic neon of the boisterous Berlin cityscape to the pastoral calm of the countryside, this movie is awash in breathtaking color.
The same could also be said about its characters - though they may start of as seemingly one-dimensional archetypes, many shades of light and dark emerge from each well-acted portrait. And when complications arise in the young revolutionaries' activities (as they always do, when one puts one's dreams into action), they end up on opposite sides of a standoff in which some remarkable similarities are discovered.
The Edukators deftly mixes politics of the mind with politics of the heart and whips it all into a heady and suspenseful stew.Read more ›
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Bought this for my film class at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; furthermore, it turned out to be quite a treasure of a film.Published 4 months ago by Tyler Mabry
Some parts were very suspenseful & surprising... a very good example of how unpredictable people & society (in general) really arePublished 6 months ago by Angel Sauer
My review is not about the movie but about the SD video quality on Amazon rental. The picture was small, enclosed in a black box and the video quality wasn't really good; when... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Briannon Trimm
The Edukators was extremely interesting, and eye opening. It was hard not to fall in love with the characters. I really enjoyed watching this film.Published 15 months ago by Rachel