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


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

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 66


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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, they sell the lost child to Lubos and Eman (Marek Daniel and Pavel Liska), two petty thieves who run a black-market adoption agency. Among Lubos and Eman's clients are Miluska and Frantisek (Natasa Burger and Jiri Machacek), a barren and lonely couple who are unable to adopt due to Frantisek's criminal record, which amounts to a bout of drunken foolishness during a soccer game. Meanwhile, Martin Horecky (Petr Forman) is a Czech expatriate living in Australia who comes home for a visit following the death of his father, who abandoned the family before Martin was born. Circumstances prove not to be especially welcoming for Martin; his mother (Emilia Vasaryova), who has become poisoned with race hate, invites two guests for his homecoming dinner, a half-sister he's never met (Kristyna Liska-Bokova) and her mother, who was once Martin's girlfriend (Ingrid Timkova).

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

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (26)

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

    Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • For an engrossing, funny, sad, cautiously hopeful portrait of post-Soviet life in Eastern Europe, look no further than Up and Down.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 28, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • Serious stuff, to be sure, but hilarious touches abound.

    Apr 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.

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

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Høebejk 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.

    Apr 2, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

  • 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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