Release Date: July 22, 2005
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 126 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Hans Weingartner
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Hans Weingartner and Antonin Svoboda
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The opening scenes introduce three young people: Jule, a struggling waitress who must move in with her boyfriend Peter and his moody roommate, Jan. All three have a secret. Jule can't make ends meet because she accidentally totaled an expensive Mercedes, burdening her with lifelong payments to a rich middle-aged businessman named Hardenberg. Peter and Jan are the notorious Edukators, Marxist revolutionaries who break into expensive houses, rearrange the furniture in bizarre patterns and leave notes saying, "Your days of plenty are at an end."
When Peter goes away on a trip to Spain, Jan helps Jule fix up her old apartment so she can get back her security deposit. Their attempts end in chaos, and they decide to leave the apartment a total mess, with revolutionary slogans on the wall in ketchup.
Jan reveals his and Peter's secret political activities and shows her one of the houses they are watching for a future planned attack. Jule realizes the house is near the place where Hardenberg lives. The house seems deserted, so she convinces Jan to help her break into the house and do to Hardenberg what Peter and Jan have been doing to other rich people.
Later, Jule realizes she left her cell phone at Hardenberg's place. They hurry back to retrieve it, but Hardenberg picks just that time to return home. Jan conks Hardenberg on the head from behind and calls Peter for help. The three revolutionaries make a rash decision that puts everyone's future in jeopardy.
Despite its length at over two hours, THE EDUKATORS holds one's interest. The actors create in-depth characters. Regrettably, however, the movie is a Marxist humanist propaganda film with simplistic attacks on capitalism. As such, it will deceive many people, especially those who don't know the appropriate answers to give to the Communist arguments of the movie's misguided young protagonists.
The script also is too pat; it makes the rich businessman an ex-radical who sympathizes with Jule, Peter and Jan's political concerns. Consequently, he gives up too easily when the three young revolutionaries engage him in debate.
In reality, of course, Germany's government is even more socialist than the United States government. Today, Germany has an unemployment rate of more than 10 percent, but the U.S. unemployment rate is now hovering around five percent. This is just one fact that undermines the anti-capitalist, pro-socialist, humanist arguments put forward by this movie's protagonists.
THE EDUKATORS also contains an abundance of strong foul language and supports Marxist arguments in favor of sexual promiscuity. These facts further illustrate the moral and social bankruptcy inherent in the socialist movement, not only overseas but also in the United States.
Despite its length at over two hours, THE EDUKATORS holds one's interest, but it is a Marxist humanist propaganda film with simplistic attacks on capitalism. As such, it will deceive many gullible, uninformed people. THE EDUKATORS also contains an abundance of strong foul language and supports Marxist arguments in favor of sexual promiscuity. These facts further illustrate the moral and social bankruptcy inherent in this movie and in the socialist movement.