The Edukators When you see young lefties on the streets, lashing out at globalization and the WTO, it's easy to feel that their passion and wrath are… The Edukators When you see young lefties on the streets, lashing out at globalization and the WTO, it's easy to feel that their passion and wrath are… 2005-07-22 R PT126M Drama Foreign Language Daniel Bruhl Julia Jentsch IFC Films
Movie Review

The Edukators (2005)

MPAA Rating: R
Daniel Bruhl, The Edukators | TEACHING BIG BUSINESS A LESSON, ONE A brooding Bruhl
TEACHING BIG BUSINESS A LESSON, ONE A brooding Bruhl
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Jul 22, 2005; Rated: R; Length: 126 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Daniel Bruhl and Julia Jentsch; Distributor: IFC Films

When you see young lefties on the streets, lashing out at globalization and the WTO, it's easy to feel that their passion and wrath are matched by their self-righteous naÏveté. The Edukators, a fluid and gripping drama from Germany (it has the design of a thriller and the mood of a spontaneous, whirling-camera character study), is the first film to anatomize the contradictions of the rage-against-the-machine generation. In Berlin, a trio of youthful activists, all attractive in a glamorously unbathed sort of way, break into posh villas and rearrange the furniture, Manson-family style, leaving notes that say things like ''Your days of plenty are numbered.'' Director Hans Weingartner sees these scowling baby Marxists for what they are: middle-class wastrels who've inflated a valid critique of the system into a tantrum. When they kidnap a pleasantly stuffy businessman (Burghart Klaussner) who turns out to be a former '60s radical, it's too pat an irony, yet the duel of wits between the wised-up fat cat and his ardent revolutionary captors makes for a forceful inventory of our political climate: stormy and urgent, with gusts of hot air.

Originally posted Jul 27, 2005 Published in issue #832 Aug 05, 2005 Order article reprints