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



Critic Consensus: 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, 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).
R (for language, sexual content and brief violence)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Petr Forman
as Martin Horecka
Emília Vásáryová
as Vera Horecka
Jan Triska
as Prof. Otakar Horecka
Ingrid Timkova
as Hana Svobodova
Kristyna Bokova
as Lenka Horecka
Jiri Machacek
as Frantisek Fikes
Natasa Burger
as Miluska
Jaroslav Dusek
as Colonel
Jan Budar
as Milan
Jaroslav Ducek
as The Colonel
Vaclav Havel
as Himself
Martin Huba
as Doctor
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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.

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
Top Critic

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
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
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.

Full Review… | April 2, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

I really liked it...unlike anything I've seen before, but great characters and acting. Richy developed storyline...the ending doesn't resolve everything so I wouldn't recommend to those who liked tidy conclusions.

Dimity  Palazzola
Dimity Palazzola

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 Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer


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

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FanGirl Browncoat

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