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

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).

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Petr Forman
as Martin Horecka
Jan Triska
as Prof. Otakar Horecka
Ingrid Timkova
as Hana Svobodova
Kristyna Bokova
as Lenka Horecka
Jiri Machacek
as Frantisek Fikes
Jan Budar
as Milan
Jaroslav Ducek
as The Colonel
Vaclav Havel
as Himself
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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.

April 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.

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…
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.

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

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

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.

FanGirl Browncoat
FanGirl Browncoat

Super Reviewer


[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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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