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Up and Down (2004)

Horem pádem (original title)
The discovery of an abandoned child by two smugglers kicks into a gear a series of tragic, comic events.


Jan Hrebejk
6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »




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


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

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Komedie, která vás rozpláce, drama, které vás rozesmeje. (A comedy that will make you cry, a drama that will make you laugh.) See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


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


Referenced in DVTV: DVTV Forum: Jan Hrebejk (2017) See more »

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Brilliant satire. Like the best, enhanced by its humanity
23 April 2006 | by htravisSee all my reviews

"Horem pádem", stood up well to a second viewing, from DVD, a year later. I'd agree with the most favorable comments of others here. I'd add that the treatment of immigration, nativity, nationalism and personal identify, as it intersects with 4 fractured families, is witty, tender, and humane. Even some of the native criminal class gets an opportunity to make claims for justice, even if the latter is satirized.

Did anyone mention the exceptional use of music, and how imaginatively the film is lit and shot? A team of artists at the top of its game collaborated on this film.

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Release Date:

16 September 2004 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Up and Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »


Box Office


CZK36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,144, 27 February 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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