Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop)
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Up and Down (Horem Pádem) (Loop the Loop)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When you understand its message, the film takes on a different level."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"An ambitious premise that only just falls short of genius."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"[A] fascinating but disjointed portrait of strained family relations in the modern Czech Republic."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"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."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A dryly scathing examination of life after communism."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"For an engrossing, funny, sad, cautiously hopeful portrait of post-Soviet life in Eastern Europe, look no further than Up and Down."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Forget Crash. This vivisection of race and class, set in the Czech Republic, offers no easy redemption, if any."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"Up and Down spends most of its time at the lower elevations."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"The suspense of watching the storylines weave together (and occasionally butt heads) like a Czech-language "Short Cuts" makes for a compelling and darkly funny film."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The story's lack of impact onscreen reflects its lack of impact on those of us offscreen."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"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."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Hrebejk suggests, through this tragi-comic film, that while things are rough now, they've got to get better. I mean, they can't get much worse, can they?"
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"While parts of 'Up and Down' are effective, as a whole it doesn't measure up to its laudable ambition...the last word of the title proves more accurate than the first."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Its many ideas never quite cohere, and it remains an admirable misfire..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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