Certified Fresh Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics. Goran and Milan (Zdenek Suchy and Jan Budar) are criminals who, while ferrying a truckload of illegal aliens into the Czech Republic, discover that one of their cargo has misplaced a baby; looking to turn a profit wherever they can, they sell the lost child to Lubos and Eman (Marek Daniel and Pavel Liska), two petty thieves who run a black-market adoption agency.
Each reaches its own separate, natural conclusion, although editing helps tie things together, at least thematically.
The first of the two major storylines centers on Frantisek Fikes (Jirí Machácek), a former soccer hooligan who is trying to turn his back on his old bully ways and make a new life with Mila (Natasa Burger).
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TWO POSSIBLE translations of "Horem Padem," the Czech nonsense phrase identifying filmmaker Jan Hrebejk's newest comedy-drama, might be "Topsy-Turvy" or, as the filmmaker suggested in an interview, "Helter Skelter." Since the first translation hints at a light comedy, and the second has far darker connotations, the more neutral English phrase that has been slapped, somewhat arbitrarily, on the film, "Up and Down," is probably the best compromise.
Although "Up and Down" only suggests the movie's strange, bipolar mood and has even less to do with the specifics of its peripatetic plot, it somehow captures the sense of both optimism and despair that colors this haunting little film, whose chaotic universe is churned up by the conflict between the haves and the have-nots, the us and thems, the insiders and outsiders of contemporary life in Prague.She is saved by Patrick Farrelly, who gives the children a cabbage and returns the basket.Marge offers him a cupcake in gratitude, and Patrick immediately offers her a job at his bakery after eating it.More than anything else, she wants a child - but she is unable to conceive and Frantisek's criminal past prevents them from adopting.Mila is so desperate that one day she buys a child off the black market - the seemingly abandoned baby of foreign refugees. Not only do he and Mila risk being caught by the authorities, but the baby has dark skin.The story arrives complete with a biting wit and several moments guaranteed to provoke laughter.