The years of plenty have already begun for German cine-art
German movie-making is at its best. In the last 8-10 years a newgeneration of super-talented writer-directors and actors have emergedfrom the Harz mountains and Bavaria and took the world by storm. It allbegan with Tom Tykwer and his infamous Run, Lola, Run which showed theway for many a prodigal self-made movie-maker and put Germany back ontothe map of world cinema. What is more, their peculiar take on timelessquestions of existence and social awareness opened up a whole newperspective in audiovisual arts. They aspire to bring the viewer closerto understanding the nature of things by sticking to human scales,cutting down on special effects and avoiding false-sounding,pretentious dialogues and proclamations. One could say they are down toearth, although visual fantasy does shine through a good couple oftimes.
Hans Weingarten's Edukators however, is balancing on the edge offull-blown idealism and the realm of common sense, and finds theperfect solution to let ourselves be seduced by the sensible andsensitive combination of the two.
Jan, Peter and Jule are young souls worn out by the controversies ofmodern-day life. They try to play the role of the catalyst in a societywhich is only driven by money and economic interests: they break andenter rich people's homes to make them feel uncomfortable with alltheir excessive valuables. But one day - amid rather unwantedcircumstances - comes the inevitable question the three have to askthemselves: Is what they do not as selfish as rich folks' habits tocollect antique furniture or vintage cars?
Edukators is an exciting piece, dealing with the exact same existentialproblems most of us have to deal with. Although shot with digitaltechnique it remains enjoyable to watch. The filming locations werepicked with an utterly good sense - not many times do you get to seethe wonderful glacier lakes hidden in the Austrian Alps -, whilecinematography is pure and unpretentious. It is all capped by the warmemotions the three young adults bring to the screen, and a captivatingsoundtrack. Superb.
If you thought German films were an acquired taste, go see this one.Great feel-good movie for a quit night. It will not disappoint.