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The Edukators (2004)

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

Director:

Hans Weingartner
11 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Brühl ... Jan
Julia Jentsch ... Jule
Stipe Erceg ... Peter
Burghart Klaußner ... Hardenberg (as Burghart Klaussner)
Peer Martiny ... Villenbesitzer Jürgen
Petra Zieser Petra Zieser ... Villenbesitzerin
Laura Schmidt Laura Schmidt ... Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz Sebastian Butz ... Sohn
Oliver Bröcker Oliver Bröcker ... Aggressiver Globalisierungsgegner
Knut Berger Knut Berger ... Globalisierungsgegner
Hanns Zischler ... Vermieter
Claudio Caiolo Claudio Caiolo ... Paolo
Bernhard Bettermann Bernhard Bettermann ... Jules Chef
Sylvia Haider Sylvia Haider ... Neureiche Frau 1
Claudia Jakobshagen Claudia Jakobshagen ... Neureiche Frau 2
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Storyline

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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Your Days Of Plenty Are Numbered See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Hans Weingartner: one of the protesters at the beginning. See more »

Goofs

After the first scene at Jan's and Peter's apartment, a cameraman with his camera (red light) is reflected in the Volkswagen bus when they are backing up from their parking place into the street. In the following scenes, every time we see the VW's rear, the curtains are closed in order to hide the cameraman seen before. See more »

Quotes

Jan: Fear is a powerful drug when you learn to use it.
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Crazy Credits

There is an additional take after the credits related to the last project of the three protagonists. See more »

Alternate Versions

All foreign (non-German) theatrical versions omit a scene in the ending. The reason for this is that the scene had not been finished at the time the movie was shown at the Cannes film festival. But the distribution rights had already been sold to 44 countries and the director didn't want to force local distributors to take the new ending. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Free Rainer (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Groove
Written by Needs
Performed by Needs
Courtesy of Lars Bartkuhn, Marek Bartkuhn, Yannick Elverfeld
Released by Needs Records
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Excellent movie
9 February 2005 | by nomonjaSee 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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Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

25 November 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,075, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$175,493

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,152,859
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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