The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei)
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The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei)
Three young radicals face off against an older man who left behind his ideals years ago in this drama from Austria. Jan (Daniel Brühl) and Peter (Stipe Erceg) are a pair of leftist political activists who have their own ideas of how to strike out in the name of economic justice. Jan and Peter like to break into the homes of the rich, re-arrange their belongings, and leave behind a note crediting "the Edukators" with the invasion, satisfied that their efforts will teach their victims a lesson about the futility of wealth. Peter's girlfriend, Jule (Julia Jentsch), who has found… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Unless you're the sort who has a Che Guevara T-shirt tucked away somewhere in your closet, the needlessly long The Edukators wears out its welcome."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's deeply heartfelt and affecting, filmed with a nervy camera style that lends a vivid immediacy to the action."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Although The Edukators, directed by Hans Weingartner, is a German-language film, it is set in a global village where all politics are local."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"There's too much 'growing,' too much 'sharing' and way too much dialogue that's straight out of a freshman poli-sci class."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Plays out like an ambivalent political tract, full of dissatisfaction but no conclusions."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The situations feel real, the injustices believable and the human frailty is all too recognizable."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"This supposedly progressive movie unintentionally delivers a sexist message as old as the garden of Eden: Don't let a woman get involved, because she'll mess things up."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Sticking it to the man, German-style, is the subject of this smart, kicky little gem that owes as much to Guy Debord and the Situationists of yore."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Captures the frustration of those who sense something deeply dysfunctional in the political and economic status quo but feel impotent do anything about it."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Intelligent, entertaining and, yes, educational as it looks at the nature of political activism now and then."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Much too didactic, obvious and simple-minded in its action story involving a radical act."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The romantic triangle at the heart of the story isn't particularly suspenseful, and the all-important politics unfortunately feel facile at best."
‑ Phoebe Flowers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The Edukators makes clear that everyone plays by rules they didn't make, then excuses themselves for not changing the world."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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