Up and Down (2004)
"Horem pádem" (original title)

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The discovery of an abandoned child by two smugglers kicks into a gear a series of tragic, comic events.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Petr Forman ...
Martin Horecký
Emília Vásáryová ...
Vera Horecká
Jirí Machácek ...
Frantisek Fikes
Natasa Burger ...
Jan Tríska ...
Professor Otakar Horecký
Ingrid Timková ...
Hana Svobodová
Kristýna Boková ...
Lenka Horecká (as Kristýna Liska-Boková)
Pavel Liska ...
Marek Daniel ...
Jan Budar ...
Zdenek Suchý ...
Jaroslav Dusek ...
Martin Huba ...
Hynek Schneider ...
Majitel Barazu
Jirina Trebická ...
Jeno Matka


The discovery of an abandoned child by two smugglers kicks into a gear a series of tragic, comic events.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A comedy that makes you cry. A drama that makes you laugh. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

16 September 2004 (Czech Republic)  »

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Box Office


CZK 36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,144 (USA) (25 February 2005)


$244,105 (USA) (17 June 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Czech Republic's official submission to 77th Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2005. See more »


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A profile of contemporary Czech society, Well done.
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I share the earlier reviews posted here except for the one that calls the movie, script, etc. "stupid". The movie is unusual when compared to what an American would consider the "norm". It does not have a main story line, a hero or a heroine, but still manages a rather heroic act to address sensitive and uncomfortable issues of contemporary Czech society without apologies and in a very realistic way. It does this by presenting several unrelated stories that are nevertheless intervowen, a technique that was reminiscent of an earlier Czech movie called "Buttoners" (knoflikari). The movie is strangely touching, but I found it also pretty depressing, forcing the viewer to contemplate the tremendous changes due to changing demographics that Europe in general, and Czech Republic in particular, are experiencing.

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