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

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Movie Info

Post-Soviet Prague is seen through parallel stories of Czechs who share the same city, and yet are worlds apart. Human traffickers ditch a foreign baby with a working-class couple, who so love their new child that the husband (Jirí Machácek) drops his racist soccer hooligan pals. Meanwhile, middle-class Martin (Petr Forman) returns home years after his now-ailing father wooed and won his girlfriend from him. Since then, the couple has raised a child, Martin's sister -- or maybe his daughter.

Cast & Crew

Petr Forman
Martin Horecký
Emilia Vásáryová
Vera Horecka
Jan Tríska
Professor Otakar Horecký
Ingrid Timková
Hana Svobodová
Kristýna Boková
Lenka Horecká
Ales Brezina
Original Music
Jan Malír
Cinematographer
Milan Bycek
Production Design
Katarina Bielikova
Costume Designer
Marcela Dvorakova
Unit Production Manager
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Critic Reviews for Up and Down

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (11)

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

    April 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5
  • Serious stuff, to be sure, but hilarious touches abound.

    April 28, 2005 | Full Review…
  • It manages the neat trick of being both charming and bilious, and its tart points about racism translate excellently into English.

    April 22, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Up and Down

  • Oct 27, 2007
    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.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2007
    Really solid film with a great version of the 'inter-twining storyline' genre.
    FanGirl B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2005
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#008000][/color][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#008000][/color][/font] [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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