Carl is an old widower who is being harassed by a corporation that wants to demolish his house to build some skyscrapers on that patch of land. Cornered from all sides, the old man has little choice: he will have to give in to the corporation and then accept the sanitized comfort of the retirement home. But he still has a card up his sleeve. He is going to escape by going “up” with the most unlikely aircraft: the house where he spent his entire life with his wife, Ellie. And he will thus pursue the dream that brought him and Ellie together in their youth: to follow in the footsteps of the explorer Charles Muntz and fly to South America, to see the spectacular Paradise Falls.

How many contemporary films contemplate the existence of such a lonely, stubborn, old geezer? How many films try to see, with empathy and humor, a story from the inside perspective of such a protagonist, who, for those around him, is rather a burden and an obstacle that must be removed from the road? “Up” is, at the same time, a tragedy and a surreal animated comedy, a looney fantasy and a story full of melancholy, which mixes funny and smart dialogue with sharp observations and deep moral themes.


  • Original title: Up
  • Original language: English
  • Genre: 3D Computer animated comedy-drama film
  • Release date: 2009
  • Public: Adults, teenagers


Catalin Sturza (PhD., Literature) is a professional writer. In the last fifteen years he published many essays, articles and books - including an extensive study about fantasy literature. A committed connoisseur of G.K. Chesterton's works, he is one of the most important translators of the works of the famous English writer.

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