If its title were a true indication of what follows, one could reasonably expect
Up and Down to deliver a touch of hilarity, some bittersweet pathos,
maybe a zing of lowbrow slapstick. No such luck. Jan Hrebejk's comedy is
actually more of a sidelong proposition, a Pulp Fiction–style ensemble movie set
in contemporary Prague that deadens you with consistently winking irony and
random bits of unresolved business. The characters include a sweet-natured
security guard (Machácek), his unsatisfied wife (Berger) and a high-energy
professor (Triska) whose declining health throws his nuclear family into turmoil.