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Martin (deceased) is stuck in a dead-end job, welcoming the newly departed into the afterlife. All he dreams of is going 'Up There'. But his plans are thrown into disarray when he has to team up with the relentlessly chirpy Rash and together they lose a new arrival. The mismatched pair give chase and end up in a remote seaside town populated by cocky teenagers, sinister old women and the enigmatic Liz, who has 'suicide written all over her'. Can they stop bickering long enough to find the lost soul? Will Rash be reunited with his brother Chunky? And can Martin get back in time… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's plenty to enjoy in the absurd quirkiness of 'Up There' but, as an elongated adaptation of Salim's own short film, its pleasures do start to wear thin."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"It is no surprise to learn that this is an expanded version of a short film, as it ultimately feels like a simple, solid idea that's been stretched thin."
‑ Paul Gallagher, The List
"[A] bleakly bitter and super sly black comedy... Burn Gorman is poignant and very funny, in the driest sort of way..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Salim's film is good-looking and proficient; but there is not quite enough here to sustain interest."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"One of the best Scottish comedies since the heyday of Bill Forsyth."
‑ M. Faust, ArtVoice
"It runs out of steam very early on but should be compulsory viewing for would-be suicide bombers who think they're going to be living in a paradise populated by beautiful virgins."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Quirky and original, Up There feels more like an East German comedy from the Sixties than anything typically British but that is a big part of its charm."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Great writing and direction from Zam Salim, and a charismatic lead turn from Burn Gorman. A fine debut."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Zam Salim's wry, dry dramedy envisions purgatory as a grindingly slow bureaucracy."
‑ , Scotsman
"I had the nagging sense it might have been better as a short. Lo and behold, it turns out to have been one ..."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It's thoroughly original, which nowadays counts for a lot."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"An offbeat road movie that puts an entertainingly morbid spin on the value of learning to appreciate one's situation - however miserable it might at first seem."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
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