Up and Down

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date: March 25, 2005 (limited)
DVD: July 19, 2005

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Cast: Jiri Machacek, Petr Forman, Emilia Vasryova, Natasa Burger, Jan Triska, Ingrid Timkova


In the dead of the night, near the Czech-Slovak border, two smugglers discover their truckload of illegal Indian immigrants have left a baby behind.

In a small Prague apartment, Franta (Jiri Machacek) and Mila (Natasa Burger) dream of having a child, but Franta -- on probation because of his soccer hooliganism past -- is not allowed to adopt, and Mila is unable to conceive. After cashing in on her savings, Mila decides to buy a baby from a pawnshop that fronts a den of thieves and pickpockets.

Meanwhile, an unusual family reunion is taking place: Academy professor Otto (Jan Triska) collapses while teaching, prompting his estranged son Martin (Petr Forman) to return to Prague from Australia to see his father and his mother, Vera (Emilia Vasaryova), long separated from Otto, for whom she still pines. Otto is now living with the beautiful and much younger Hana (Ingrid Timkova), who works in a refugee aid center helping immigrants to adjust to their new lives.

Director: Jan Hrebejk
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Ondrej Trojan
Screenplay: Petr Jarchovsky
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/upanddown/

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