New Internationalist

The Edukators

Issue 377

written and directed by Hans Weingartner

Peter and Jan break into wealthy people’s homes. They’re very professional about it, and well prepared. They case out the places, research and disable alarm systems, use the proper tools – glass cutters and suction grips – and work quickly and silently. But they never steal anything, and they only enter empty houses so that they never hurt anyone. At least not physically. They do it to unnerve the owners. They rearrange the furniture and leave a simple message: ‘You have too much money. Your days of plenty can’t last.’

They sign their message: ‘The Edukators’. They get some limited publicity in a newspaper but tell no-one about it. Until, that is, Jan tells Peter’s girlfriend Jule when Peter is away. Jule has massive debts and is being evicted from her flat. He argues with her that there are ways of striking back, and, on the spur of the moment, takes her on a break-in – which goes disastrously wrong.

Jan, Jule and Peter use force and threats to get out of the mess, but only get in deeper. Weingartner uses a thriller format to ask very interesting questions. Should you resort to force for political ends? Is spontaneity a poor substitute for freedom, or its essence? Can we give and share love with more than one person? Weingartner’s freestyle direction suggests security shouldn’t imprison us, but free us to be ourselves. His script has a lovely final twist. A great, engaging political film. See it!

Malcolm Lewis

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