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The Edukators (2004)

Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (original title)
Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

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Hardenberg (as Burghart Klaussner)
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Petra Zieser ...
Laura Schmidt ...
Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz ...
Sohn
Oliver Bröcker ...
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Claudio Caiolo ...
Paolo
Bernhard Bettermann ...
Jules Chef
Sylvia Haider ...
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Claudia Jakobshagen ...
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Berlin student Jule is hoplessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsuredly hitting a rich businessman's limousine. Evicted from her flat she moves in with her boyfrend Peter and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valulables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor. Written by Armin Ortmann {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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25 November 2004 (Germany)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$29,439 (Austria) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

$175,493 (USA) (16 October 2005)
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Hans Weingartner: one of the protesters at the beginning. See more »

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Despite Jan, Peter and Jule all standing on the top deck of the yacht when cruising out of the harbor, a person can be seen in the cabin of the yacht in a side shot. See more »

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Jan: For all revolutions, one thing is clear... even if some didn't work, the most important thing is that the best ideas survived. The same goes for personal revolts. What turns out good, what survives in you that makes you stronger.
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Excellent movie
9 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei (The Edukators) is the first German film in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival since Wim Wender's In weiter Ferne, so nah! (Faraway, So Close!) in 1993. The film's protagonists, Jan, Peter and Jule, dream of changing society. They form "The Edukators," a group that warns the rich and disturbs their material comfort with non-violent actions. In "the Edukators" Hans Weingartner raises the question: "What happened to the revolutionary generation of the sixties? Where are all the anarchists, hippies and idealists that wanted to change the world? I loved the movie, it is condemning and inspiring at the same time, depressing and uplifting and as a viewer you are forced to decide if you feel sympathy for the idealistic young people or the successful materialistic businessman. Or both?!


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