Edukators 

Directed by Hans Weingartner

This film left me plagued by déjà vu. Poor young waitress Jules is evicted and moves in with her boyfriend and his roommate. Peter is the light-hearted foil to Jan — the carbon copy of every idealistic young rebel to ever appear on film. Peter heads to Barcelona for the weekend, leaving his girlfriend and best friend to themselves and (oh my goodness!) the seeds of a love triangle are planted. When this stale part of the plot runs its course, we are left with the only slightly more original tale of young people’s attempts at revolution being thwarted by an individualistic society. Jan and Peter — the “edukators”— break into rich estates and rearrange antique chairs and silver sets into messy piles, leaving the message “you have too much money.” Jules gets involved and her lusty ways bring the trio down, forcing them to kidnap a millionaire and hide in the country. Thankfully, the last 20 minutes provide some needed tension. What does finally shine through is the idea of how a once-vibrant idea — revolution — has become redundant.

Opens July 22

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