Hans Weingartner’s The Edukators (2004) is one of the better movies we’ve seen in the course. Yet again we see Daniel Bruhl in a film, now playing the role of Jan, which is somewhat of a similar setting in the other film we encountered him in but on the opposite side of the spectrum. Jan and Peter are the “Edukators” that the title pertains to. They are anti-capitalists who infiltrate rich people’s houses, not to steal anything, but rather to rearrange their crazy expensive furniture. They also leave a note which seems to be their “signature” in their form of art just to identify that it was the edukators that had made this nuisance of a mess.
Coming from the perspective of someone who just got out of their immersion, it was quite confusing to me as to what these people were complaining about. These were people that actually had homes live in, beds to sleep in, food to eat, and clothes to wear. These “edukators” weren’t really poor in my eyes. They looked like the people from the middle class that were fighting for something that they barely had the right to complain about. They seemed to have been living a life that was probably more comfortable than most. I had much disagreements with the manner of which that they were addressing the problem as well. I understand that they feel like they are at a disadvantage compared to the rich in the game of life, but there was something about their methodology and their intention that didn’t feel right. The fact that they had to break into a house and mess up the things that could have sentimental value to certain people just to make them feel scared did not sound quite pleasant to my ears. Hardenberg captures it the right way as he spends his time with these people after he was kidnapped, when he mentions he understood what they were fighting for but also does not like the manner of how it is approached by the group.
Somehow the movie turns into one crazy love triangle. As Peter leaves for his trip to Barcelona, his girlfriend, Jule falls in love with his best friend, Jan. I felt that the movie was beginning to attempt to make the audience root for the new couple but clearly it was quite difficult for the class to do so as it wasn’t within a normal person’s morals to be able to cheat on someone they had actually loved. It even annoyed everyone when there were moments that the two were getting “kilig” and it was not so hard to understand the reasons as to why it was something, we would not be appreciative of. Somehow and some way, Peter is able to forgive his Jan and Jule as they continue to live their lives. This just confused everyone in way that it was funny.
Despite my disagreements, it was easy to appreciate that the movie was made in a “clean” way. I have no arguments as to how it was produced, and I did not feel like in any point in the movie that it was rushed. It was not that complicated for me to be able to understand. It was even entertaining to watch with friends as there were much laughs and forms of confusion together regarding the crazy love story.
Daniel Bruhl never fails to impress me with his acting. I suppose that’s why he’s seen in bigger Hollywood films such as Burnt. His work is a testament as to how you can simply make it to the biggest stage as long you remain consistent with the major roles offered to you.
Overall, I found the experience of watching the film in class quite enjoyable despite the many disagreements with the plot. I hope we have the same amount of fun watching the last few films we have in the course.