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Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop) (2004)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 11

A tragi-comic exploration of the universal search for stability in post-Communist Prague.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 1

A tragi-comic exploration of the universal search for stability in post-Communist Prague.



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The often uncomfortable bonds of family intersect with the wary political and social allegiances of the Czech Republic following the collapse of the U.S.S.R. and the end of Soviet occupation in this drama from director Jan Hrebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky. Goran and Milan (Zdenek Suchy and Jan Budar) are criminals who, while ferrying a truckload of illegal aliens into the Czech Republic, discover that one of their cargo has misplaced a baby; looking to turn a profit wherever they can,


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Jan Hrebejk, Petr Jarchovsky

Jul 19, 2005

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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (11) | DVD (6)

When you understand its message, the film takes on a different level.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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For an engrossing, funny, sad, cautiously hopeful portrait of post-Soviet life in Eastern Europe, look no further than Up and Down.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The movie asks us to see these people as humans and to forgive them for being human and doing to each other what humans beings do to each other. It's a deeply humane film.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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An ambitious premise that only just falls short of genius.

June 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Forget Crash. This vivisection of race and class, set in the Czech Republic, offers no easy redemption, if any.

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source:

A sprawling comedy-drama that actually tries to say something -- not just about its characters, but about the Czech Republic and what it's turned into since becoming a capitalistic society.

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[A] fascinating but disjointed portrait of strained family relations in the modern Czech Republic.

June 24, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Up and Down spends most of its time at the lower elevations.

June 17, 2005

Hrebejk suggests, through this tragi-comic film, that while things are rough now, they've got to get better. I mean, they can't get much worse, can they?

May 22, 2005 Full Review Source:

Hrebejk's stylish direction and perfectly chosen cast make what might otherwise have been a depressing tale of post-perestroika working class woes into a melancholy, comedic riff on what it means to be European these days.

May 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The suspense of watching the storylines weave together (and occasionally butt heads) like a Czech-language "Short Cuts" makes for a compelling and darkly funny film.

April 28, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

While parts of 'Up and Down' are effective, as a whole it doesn't measure up to its laudable ambition...the last word of the title proves more accurate than the first.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

A dryly scathing examination of life after communism.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The story's lack of impact onscreen reflects its lack of impact on those of us offscreen.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Its many ideas never quite cohere, and it remains an admirable misfire...

April 18, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Hrebejk's post-Soviet Czech Republic is more than a little like the American South, a conquered territory rife with old wounds and fresh indignities.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Hrebejk deftly brings the stories together, and does so without delving into sentimentality.

April 14, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An excellent piece of work: Just don't expect a rollicking farce

April 7, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop)

[font=Century Gothic][color=green]"Up and Down" is a movie from the Czech Republic which starts out with two truck drivers smuggling a group of illegal refugees across the border. In a rush to get everybody out of the truck, a baby is left behind. The baby is sold to a couple in desperate need of a child. Meanwhile, a university professor collapses during a lecture. While in hospital, his current family learns about his previous family he abandoned years before, including a son who emigrated to Australia.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#008000]"Up and Down" is about immigration and emigration and how the people of the Czech Republic have responded to it. Sometimes, the differences across a dinner table can be striking - the professor's first wife is a virulent racist while his second wife works with refugee groups. [/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#008000]"Up and Down" is an intelligent, thoughtful, well-acted movie, even if some of the scenes do go on too long.[/color][/font]
March 20, 2005
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A very interesting film based on dysfunction and racial tension. I also enjoyed the acting very much. It was a very serious story, but had humor and jokes throughout that were pulled off well.
October 27, 2007

Super Reviewer

Really solid film with a great version of the 'inter-twining storyline' genre.
January 1, 2007
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