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ChadS.Apr 15, 200510After we learn how all the characters are interconnected (and maybe it takes a little too long), "Up and Down" rivets by showing how the underlying factors behind racism is largely socio-economic and a byproduct of a person's self-hatred. "Up and Down" suggests what a John Sayles film would be like if the earnest champion of the underdog had a funny bone. After Hana declares that she is done helping "those who are less fortunate" to a cafe patron, one of her former projects fends for themselves in the funniest way imaginable, as a way of showing her charity was largely self-serving. Hana might be one of those people who may help "the other", but whose friends are of one uniform color. Even though Vera delivers a very hateful speech against the immigrants, we can see they are largely scapegoats, receivers of vitriol from a scorned woman who's actually mad at her husband's clumsy penis. Vera probably hates herself more than she hates her neighbors. The other narrative is equally riveting and thematically consistent. When Frantz adds his voice to the repetitive chant of a epitaph against a black football player with the other drunken hooligans, again, "the other" is a convenient target of rage; a rage, otherwise, would be found directed at himself. You just know that Frantz doesn't mean it. "Up and Down" is a fantastic film about the world we live in today with fallible characters we neither love or hate.… Expand
MichaelP.Feb 27, 200510Great!!!
JohnNJul 27, 20059An excellent cast, entangles in various sub-plots that all come together somewhat...all the trappings of a disaster, but it works. Funny for the most part, but I expect it paints a more accurate than one thinks picture of the Czech Republic than you would get thfrough the travel channel. No conscience altering masterpiece, but a fun entertaining movie. Forgot there were subtitles in 2 minutes it was so good.… Expand