Inspired by the vestige of the idealism that fueled the unsatisfied workers in the 40’s, two anti-capitalistic rebels Jan and Peter do what they can do go against those that have succeeded in capitalism. They call themselves the Edukators and break into the homes of the affluent and shift around the furniture. They leave taunting messages on top of their centerpiece that instill fear and regret to the house owners for amassing such wealth for themselves. Putting the morality of their actions aside, what appealed to me was how Jan and Peter had ideologies, something that served as their basis of action and that motivated them to do what they believed in. Would I do such thing if I were in their shoes? – probably not. However their ideology is something worth respecting, for its getting rarer to find ideologically driven individual these days.
As their “Edukating” continues, a dark horse appears to put everything that they had worked for at a risk – the beautiful Jule, Peter’s girlfriend, gets a tad too close to Jan during Peter’s vacation in Barcelona. Drawn by Jule’s attractions, Jan reveals to her the Edukators and eventually gives in to Jule’s request to break into the guy who she is indebted to. One mistake after another, this leads to the kidnapping of a man who turns out to a former member of the radical vintage, who once shared the same ideologies and sentiments as Peter and Jan.
Should they face up to their destinies as radicals and execute him – or are they just too softcore? It’s well acted, especially by Brühl (known for Good Bye Lenin!); the break-in scenes will leave fingernails pretty closely bitten, and the political and generational rancour between jailers and captive is nicely managed too. I couldn’t help feeling, though, that if the Austrian director Michael Haneke had been in charge, he would have done something a lot more extreme with the ending.