Up and Down

A comedy that makes you cry. A drama that makes you laugh.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: July 19, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - Czech
    • Subtitles - English

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User Ratings: 1,174
Rating: 4/5 -- An ambitious premise that only just falls short of genius. Full Review
Eye for Film
Jun 14, 2008
For an engrossing, funny, sad, cautiously hopeful portrait of post-Soviet life in Eastern Europe, look no further than Up and Down. Full Review
Washington Post
Apr 29, 2005
Rating: 5/5 -- This densely textured film by the writer-director team responsible for the sublime wartime drama Divided We Fall (2000) displays the same giddy blend of realist drama and bleak humour in the fine absurdist tradition. Full Review
New Zealand Herald
Dec 30, 2006
Rating: 4/5 -- 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.
Arizona Republic
Apr 28, 2005
Serious stuff, to be sure, but hilarious touches abound. Full Review
Washington Post
Apr 28, 2005
Rating: 3/4 -- A sprawling comedy-drama that actually tries to say something -- not just about its characters, but about the Czech Republic and what it's turned into since becoming a capitalistic society. Full Review
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
Jun 25, 2005
Rating: 3/5 -- Forget Crash. This vivisection of race and class, set in the Czech Republic, offers no easy redemption, if any. Full Review
Film-Forward.com
Jan 3, 2006

Product Description:

Director Jan Hrebejk (DIVIDED WE FALL) once again delivers a perfectly-balanced dark comedy, a satire addressing the fragile state of the contemporary Czech Republic, as well as the foibles of the more or less damaged characters who populate the film, all of whom are in search of redemption. Unfolding in three loosely-connected storylines, the film opens with a pair of petty criminals smuggling Indians across the Czech border. After making their delivery, they discover a baby that has been left behind, and take it directly to the pawn shop. Everything has its price it seems, and Miluska (Natasa Burger), a barren housewife who wants nothing more than a baby, buys the Indian boy with her life savings. Her husband, Franta (Jiri Machacek), a soccer hooligan turned law enforcer, is less than pleased with the baby's brown skin color, but slowly warms to him, eventually facing off with his racist drinking buddies. In a third story, a college professor (Jan Triska) finds out he has cancer and reconnects with his estranged son, Martin (Petr Forman, son of legendary director Milos Forman), who has lived in New Zealand for the past 20 years. It's a difficult reunion, as Martin comes home to find his father living with his old girlfriend, meets a sister he never knew he had, and encounters his near-unrecognizable mother. The film weaves together a strikingly rich number of themes in its material, encompassing racism, economic disparity, familial relations, crime, and immigration problems, and gives them a sympathetic, humanistic treatment.

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  • UPC: 043396109056
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