In Hans Weingartner’s The Edukators, the audience is opened to the political and ideological discussions happening in their country. The film centers on three characters, Jan, Jule and Peter, who are young people opposing the capitalistic nature of Germany. The film was really opening the discussion on relevant political matters, even to this day, concerning the effects of capitalism on the lowers class, especially the youths. The film really fleshed out the youth experience in Germany and how their economic status affects them and how they react. The characters, specifically Jule, epitomizes the youth population struggling in society and with the help of Jan, she is able to externalize her emotions. The film was successful in opening the discussion, but through its use of comedy was able to make it entertaining.
One aspect of the film that was very successful was the chemistry of the four main characters. They were able to embody the specific characteristics of their respective roles that made them interesting to watch. They also played on one another to showcase each other’s personality better to the audience. They were also able to create the dramatic tension between differing political beliefs and complicated relationship status and combine it with the deadpan humour that really captures German comedy.
The discussions concerning their ideological difference was also a highlight for me in the film because it truly captures the important ideas and arguments. It was really interesting, especially in the case of Jule, on how she was affected by economic inequality rooted from capitalism. This makes her and her friends become radicals in the form of becoming edukators, or people who invade houses to disrupt their environment and make apparent that their bourgeoise living was not only bad but also not permanent. This radicalism is interesting to see unflod due to the u just structures in our society. The film tries its best to give a human face to this radicalism, wherein they are rooted from personal experience of inequality and injustice. This drives these people to commit these bizarre acts to showcase their grievance to this capitalist society. It was also interesting to see the character Hardenberg, a former radical himself but turned to capitalism when he was able to reap benefits from this kind of living. His character embodies what these young people hate the most in their society. Although they become open to him and even treat him as somewhat as a friend, at the end of the film he proves himself as a capitalist sell out who will never change.
The only negative part of the film is that compared to other European films that we have watched, this film is one of the least visually appealing. They use the handheld camera format for the film and I feel it was done to showcase visually the chaos of the lives of these young people. But, even with this interpretation, it was still very dizzying to watch the film and that it didn’t really focus on making the visuals appealing to look at. The film was still successful in other ways, especially through its script that really delves in the characters and the topic at hand.
Enrico R. Barruela COM 115.5