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      R Released Sep 5, 2004 1 hr. 48 min. Comedy Drama List
      83% 65 Reviews Tomatometer 74% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Post-Soviet Prague is seen through parallel stories of Czechs who share the same city, and yet are worlds apart. Human traffickers ditch a foreign baby with a working-class couple, who so love their new child that the husband (Jirí Machácek) drops his racist soccer hooligan pals. Meanwhile, middle-class Martin (Petr Forman) returns home years after his now-ailing father wooed and won his girlfriend from him. Since then, the couple has raised a child, Martin's sister -- or maybe his daughter. Read More Read Less
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      A tragi-comic exploration of the universal search for stability in post-Communist Prague.

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      Audience Member Jan Hrebejk directed this cleverly sprawling comedy-drama about life in post-Communist Czech Republic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Frances H I really liked this movie, especially what it had to say about racism and the use of characters who were just ordinary people, not evil villains, to say it. The way the characters and their lives intertwined, the use of some funny comedy moments, and the understandable emotion between the characters made the film a series of very absorbing stories that continued to hold your interest. I particularly like the end credits, too, with their collection of wind-up toys. All-in-all, a very rewarding cinema experience. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/08/13 Full Review Audience Member A strange Czech film about race tolerance and especially about intolerance, about emigrants, imigrants... and life itself :) ... The best catch-phrase... about a baby of imigrants with dark skin: "On jet? vybledne..." ("He will still fade...") :))) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully done. The actors are wonderful. Czech women are beautiful at every age! Dekuji. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Foreign, Czech. Good movie. Funny in some parts and sad in others. Average story, but done in a very good way. All people tied by a common thread. I liked it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Marta Barber Miami Herald When you understand its message, the film takes on a different level. Rated: 3/4 Apr 21, 2006 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle 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. Rated: 3/5 May 8, 2005 Full Review Ann Hornaday Washington Post For an engrossing, funny, sad, cautiously hopeful portrait of post-Soviet life in Eastern Europe, look no further than Up and Down. Apr 29, 2005 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film An ambitious premise that only just falls short of genius. Rated: 4/5 Jun 14, 2008 Full Review Peter Calder New Zealand Herald 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. Rated: 5/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Kent Turner Film-Forward.com Forget Crash. This vivisection of race and class, set in the Czech Republic, offers no easy redemption, if any. Rated: 3/5 Jan 3, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Post-Soviet Prague is seen through parallel stories of Czechs who share the same city, and yet are worlds apart. Human traffickers ditch a foreign baby with a working-class couple, who so love their new child that the husband (Jirí Machácek) drops his racist soccer hooligan pals. Meanwhile, middle-class Martin (Petr Forman) returns home years after his now-ailing father wooed and won his girlfriend from him. Since then, the couple has raised a child, Martin's sister -- or maybe his daughter.
      Director
      Jan Hrebejk
      Screenwriter
      Jan Hrebejk, Petr Jarchovský
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Production Co
      Ceská Televize
      Rating
      R (Sexual Content|Language|Brief Violence)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Czech
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 5, 2004, Original
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Feb 25, 2005
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 13, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $244.1K
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby SRD
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)