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The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei) (2004)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 23

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


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 11

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



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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


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Hans Weingartner

Nov 15, 2005

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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (23) | DVD (6)

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.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Plays out like an ambivalent political tract, full of dissatisfaction but no conclusions.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Captures the frustration of those who sense something deeply dysfunctional in the political and economic status quo but feel impotent do anything about it.

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The situations feel real, the injustices believable and the human frailty is all too recognizable.

September 9, 2005
Detroit News
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Intelligent, entertaining and, yes, educational as it looks at the nature of political activism now and then.

September 9, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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It's deeply heartfelt and affecting, filmed with a nervy camera style that lends a vivid immediacy to the action.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Much too didactic, obvious and simple-minded in its action story involving a radical act.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Although The Edukators, directed by Hans Weingartner, is a German-language film, it is set in a global village where all politics are local.

September 22, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

September 16, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The romantic triangle at the heart of the story isn't particularly suspenseful, and the all-important politics unfortunately feel facile at best.

September 8, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There's too much 'growing,' too much 'sharing' and way too much dialogue that's straight out of a freshman poli-sci class.

September 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

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.

August 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The Edukators makes clear that everyone plays by rules they didn't make, then excuses themselves for not changing the world.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters

A kinder, gentler Fight Club...

August 16, 2005 Full Review
Philadelphia Weekly

If you can look beyond the simple-minded Socratic political discourse, The Edukators reveals itself as warm, humane and sad.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The shifting dynamics in the group keep the story interesting.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei)

Provocative! Is there a place for revolution within capatilistic society? Who is responsible for its ills? How can you change society without resorting to terrorism? Is hope for change merely youthful idealism? While the film raises many questions, it falls short on answers. The cast compensates for any directorial shortcomings, as the characters are sympathetic and well-acted. Stipe Erceg has 'cheekbones like geometery and eyes of sin.'
September 25, 2010

Super Reviewer

Good film, well acted and with a great ending! I do however believe that camera men should not be seen! This and other continuity errors made the film a little distracting, but on the whole, good film.
September 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

A journey through moral dilemmas and political activism, this film has reached an instant high place within my favourite movies list and it subconsciously invites you to question your own morals which pulls you further into the story.

With just a small cast, this was entertaining throughout and will no doubt be the first of many watches for me.
March 1, 2009

Super Reviewer

Likeable tale of idealistic youth colliding with aged reality. It drifts a bit towards the end but raises some thought provoking issues.
December 29, 2008
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