The Edukators, by Hand Weingartner, had everything one would want to have in a movie. It was what most would consider as the “complete package.” From comedy, to romance, to thrill, and to social awareness, Weingartner made sure to seamlessly incorporate all those various elements into one film.
The film began with Jan and Peter, childhood best friends that have stuck to each other ever since. Together, aside from their normal day jobs, they comprise the “Edukators.” Without giving away their identities, they are known by the public as a group who breaks into mansions only to leave messages for the owners, never stealing anything. During a trip Peter took, Jan and Jule, Peter’s girlfriend unexpectedly fell in love with each other. This led to Jan and Jule breaking in the house of Jule’s creditor; however, their identities were compromised and this was when all started to go out of control. They had to kidnap Jule’s creditor, Hardenberg, and they eventually had multiple discussions with him about social causes.
Compared to the previous European films seen, I found this film to be the most interesting. The film kept me engaged from start to finish. I believe that Weingartner wanted the film to be influential, and it definitely was. Ever since the beginning of the film, most of the audience surely felt that they were being educated by the Edukators. The film presented various social point of views which kept the audience thinking. Whether it based from the rebellious teens or the experienced businessman, or both, a new perspective on viewing the society was obtained.
Nevertheless, the social message aspect of the film was not the only part to look out for. As mentioned, there was also a great interplay of comedy, romance, and thrill in the movie. Whenever scenes may seem to lead viewers to be being stressed out by the standpoints being presented, Weingartner effectively found a way to strike a balance. An over-saturation of a specific feeling would have never occurred in the film, yet, all are still engaged.