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

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


Movie Info

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, … More

Rating: R (for language, sexual content and brief violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jan Hrebejk, Petr Jarchovský
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 19, 2005
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

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Cast


as Martin Horecka

as Prof. Otakar Horecka

as Hana Svobodova

as Lenka Horecka

as Frantisek Fikes

as Colonel

as Milan

as The Colonel

as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop)

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (33)

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

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

For an engrossing, funny, sad, cautiously hopeful portrait of post-Soviet life in Eastern Europe, look no further than Up and Down.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Serious stuff, to be sure, but hilarious touches abound.

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

It manages the neat trick of being both charming and bilious, and its tart points about racism translate excellently into English.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Boston Globe
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Hřebejk claims inspiration from the likes of Mike Leigh and Woody Allen, and that can be seen in the surety of the characters, brought to life by an able cast that includes former Czech president Václav Havel.

Full Review… | April 2, 2005
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop)

½

[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]

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Walter M.

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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.

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Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

½

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

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