Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei

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    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.

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    Plays out like an ambivalent political tract, full of dissatisfaction but no conclusions.

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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.

    4/5
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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.

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    The situations feel real, the injustices believable and the human frailty is all too recognizable.

    B
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    Intelligent, entertaining and, yes, educational as it looks at the nature of political activism now and then.

    3/4
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    Like its protagonists, it means well, but gets mixed up. Too easily.

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    It ends interestingly, but it would've ended better, and played better, had it been half an hour shorter.

    3/5
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    With greater critical distance on the filmmaker's part, and a disciplined use of the editing scissors, it might have been something substantial.

    2/4
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    Ambitious but ultimately lackluster drama about the conflict between extremist politics and selfish human nature.

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    The whole thing feels messy, painful, funny and believable, just like that hideous circus known as real life.

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    There's an evenhanded humanism flowing through 'The Edukators that may strike doctrinaire viewers on either side of the divide as mushy, but it's tough enough for the rest of us to chew on for a long time.

    3/4
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    For a film that points out so much wrong with German society and shows such dubious, dangerous behavior, it leaves the audience with high spirits and a sense of crazy exhilaration.

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    A deft, entertaining story that mixes menace with charm and satire with seriousness.

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    This year's most articulate statement on film about the current disillusion with politics among young people everywhere in the Western world.

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    A sweet, funny and gripping romantic adventure, it's about the limitations of political activism in this day and age, and what happens when your girlfriend and your best friend fall in love.

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    Ambling drama shows an exasperating lack of economy and a weakness for diatribe dialogue, but becomes progressively more involving after a laborious start.

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    For a movie that cautions against the crass commercialization of countercultural iconography, The Edukators seems far less interested in changing the world than in printing up some really cool T-shirts.

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    The film is less a bohemian thrill ride than a slow lecture.

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    The first film to anatomize the contradictions of the rage-against-the-machine generation.

    B+
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    Weingartner's movie is never quite as keen-edged as it hopes or needs to be.

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    The dialogue between the captive and the captors gets a little didactic, and the ending is as contrived as it is cynical.

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    Director and co-writer Hans Weingartner provides a witty, genre-busting script for a talented cast.

    3/4
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    Three young Berliners frustrated at the iniquities of global capitalism cross the line that separates provocation and protest from serious crime.

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    Shot on shoddy, harsh-lit DV, The Edukators casts Hardenberg as the avuncular voice of reason, his fat-cat complacency the destination point of a rational adulthood.

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