UP AND DOWN
The Global Village Comes to Prague
Release Date: February 25, 2005
Starring: Petr Forman, Jiri Machacek,
Emilia Vasaryova, Ingrid
Timkova, and Jan Triska
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Jan Hrebejk
Executive Producer: Milan Kuchynka
Producer: Ondrej Trojan
Writer: Petr Jarchovsky
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcie Bloom
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The story opens with two men smuggling a group of Muslims across the border. One of the women collapses after the border crossing, and her baby gets left in the truck. The smugglers discover the baby much later and sell him to a desperate woman named Mila, who’s living with Franta, an ex-con trying to leave his racist soccer buddies behind him and start a new life. Franta is disturbed, however, to find the dark-skinned baby in their apartment.
Meanwhile, Hana, a 40-year-old refugee worker, and her much older partner, Otto, a university professor with a terminal illness, invite the man’s abandoned wife and their son to discuss the professor’s will. The son, Martin, moved away to Australia when his parents split up 20 years ago and has never met his half-sister. Martin’s parents don’t know that his wife in Australia is black.
The lives of these characters converge when Martin thinks one of the smugglers has stolen his wallet, and Franta, a security guard, tries to help Martin recover it.
There’s no final resolution in this entertaining, open-ended movie, which combines social commentary with family drama. The filmmakers seem to take a humanist, but moral, view toward racism. Their view of illegal immigration is mixed, with a taste of political correctness. UP AND DOWN also contains plenty of foul language, brief violence and strong sexual content in one scene.
There is no final resolution in this entertaining, open-ended movie, which combines social commentary with family drama. The filmmakers seem to take a humanist, but moral, view toward racism. Their view has a taste of political correctness, however. UP AND DOWN contains plenty of foul language, brief violence and strong sexual content in one scene.