A childless woman (Natasa Burger) buys an orphan, and a businessman (Petr Forman) returns home after 20 years to bury his father.
" It's at least grappling with the kind of big, explosive questions that most filmmakers assiduously avoid. "
" Hrebejk wrings real poignancy out of the screenplay's wet rag of fateful coincidences and ill-fated relationships. "
" It's been a long time since a movie allowed so many diverse narratives to fold into so unexpected, unified and satisfying a story. "
" For an engrossing, funny, sad, cautiously hopeful portrait of post-Soviet life in Eastern Europe, look no further than Up and Down. "
" An accomplished film that uses dark humor to leaven its serious topics. "
" When you understand its message, the film takes on a different level. "
" Pungent and spirited, Up and Down shows us a nation in transition that's not necessarily a nice place to live, but it's certainly worth a visit. Especially at the movies. "
" A heady mix of rough and tender characters -- sometimes both at once. "
" 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. "
" Its emotional tone may be up and down, but its clear-headed approach has straightforward snap. "
" Hoebejk claims inspiration from the likes of Mike Leigh and Woody Allen, and that can be seen in the surety of the characters, brought to life by an able cast that includes former Czech president Vaclav Havel. "
" Lacks any formulas or solutions, and is content to show us its complicated characters, their tangled lives, and the way that our need to love and be loved can lead us in opposite directions. "
" It manages the neat trick of being both charming and bilious, and its tart points about racism translate excellently into English. "
" Serious stuff, to be sure, but hilarious touches abound. "
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