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turn (someone or something) upside down

1. Literally, to physically invert someone or something. I can't go on those roller coasters that turn you upside down—they make me so nauseous.

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2. To carefully examine or search a particular place (often creating a mess in the process). Can you believe I turned the entire house upside down looking for an invitation that was on my refrigerator the whole time?
3. To affect or alter one's outlook, circumstances, or lifestyle, usually negatively. Being rejected by the university that was my top choice turned my whole world upside down.Lena was turned upside down when her mom died, and it took a long time for her to find her way again.
4. To cause or introduce significant changes to something, often as a way of attempting to improve it or change its course. This method of filing is so inefficient that I think it's time to turn the whole process upside down.
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turn someone or something upside down

1.Lit. to invert someone or something. The wrestler turned his opponent upside down and dropped him on his head. I turned the bottle upside down, trying to get the last drop out.
2.Fig. to upset someone or something; to thoroughly confuse someone or something. The whole business turned me upside down. It'll take days to recover.

turn something upside down

Fig. to throw things all about in a thorough search for someone or something. We turned this place upside down, looking for the lost ring. Please don't turn everything upside down, looking for your book.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

turn upside down

Put in disorder, mix or mess up, as in He turned the whole house upside down looking for his checkbook. This metaphoric phrase transfers literally inverting something so that the upper part becomes the lower (or vice versa) to throwing into disorder or confusion. [First half of 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

turn something ˌinside ˈout/ˌupside ˈdown

1 make a place very untidy when you are searching for something: I’ve turned this drawer inside out but I can’t find my passport.Upside DownThe thieves turned the office upside down but they didn’t find anything valuable.
2 cause large changes: The new manager turned the old systems inside out.
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Upside Down
Directed byJuan Diego Solanas
Produced byClaude Léger
Dimitri Rassam
Aton Soumache
Jonathan Vanger
Alexis Vonarb
Written byJuan Diego Solanas
StarringJim Sturgess
Kirsten Dunst
Music byBenoît Charest
Sigur Rós
CinematographyPierre Gill
Edited byDominique Fortin
Paul Jutras
Distributed byWarner Bros. (France)
Icon Entertainment International (UK)
Millennium Entertainment (USA)
Release date
  • 22 August 2012 (Kazakhstan)
  • 31 August 2012 (Canada)
  • 17 April 2013 (France)
107 minutes
Budget$50 million[1]
Box office$8,106,475[2]

Upside Down (French: Un monde à l'envers) is a 2012 Canadian-French romanticfantasy written and directed by Juan Diego Solanas and starring Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst and Timothy Spall.


The film starts with Adam telling the story of his two-planet home world, unique among planets or planetary systems as it is the only one that has 'dual gravity'. This phenomenon of dual gravity allows the two planets to orbit each other in what would otherwise be impossibly close proximity. There are three immutable laws of gravity for this two-planet system:

  1. All matter is pulled by the gravity of the world that it comes from, and not the other.
  2. An object's weight can be offset using matter from the opposite world (inverse matter).
  3. After a few hours of contact, matter in contact with inverse matter burns.

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The societies of the two worlds are segregated by law. While the upper world (Up Top) is rich and prosperous, the lower (Down Below) is poor. Up Top buys cheap oil from Down Below and sells electricity back to Down Below at higher prices. A person from Down Below going Up Top (or having contact with anyone from Up Top) is strictly forbidden and can be punishable by incarceration or death. People from Up Top regularly visit Down Below to experience novelties like dancing on ceilings. The only physical connection linking the two worlds is the headquarters of the 'TransWorld' company.

Adam lives in an orphanage in Down, having lost his parents in an oil refinery explosion. The only living relative he has is his great-aunt, whom he visits every week. His great-aunt has a secret recipe for flying pancakes using pollen from pink bees which gather pollen from both worlds. The recipe has passed through generations and will be inherited by Adam.

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As a child, Adam secretly climbs a mountain that gets very close to Up. There he meets Eden, a girl from Up. Years later in their teens, they are in a relationship. They meet on the mountains and Adam uses a rope to pull Eden towards Down, and they head to the woods for a stroll. They are later discovered, and while Adam frantically releases Eden back to her world, he catches a bullet in his arm and drops her. Helpless, he watches Eden lying motionless on the ground as blood oozes from her head. When he returns home, his aunt Becky is arrested and her home is put to the torch.

Ten years later, Adam is now working on creating an anti-gravity product using his great-aunt's recipe. The recipe allows matter to feel both gravitational fields at once. Adam is developing it as a cosmetic product for face-lifts. Then he sees Eden on TV and learns she is alive and works at TransWorld. He finally works out his formula and gets hired by TransWorld to develop the face-lift cream. Adam's plan is to find Eden in TransWorld. In his office he meets Bob, a TransWorld employee from Up who becomes his friend after he helps him obtain rare stamps from Down. World of tanks blitz free. Bob offers to help him contact Eden.

With the help of Bob, Adam meets Eden by putting Up-material in his clothes to disguise himself as a worker from Up, using Bob's name as his own. But Eden doesn't recognize him because of amnesia from the accident as a teen. The Up-material in Adam's clothes starts to burn so he has to return to Down. Later on, Bob is fired but as he leaves, he secretly gives Adam his ID to help him exit the TransWorld building and into Up. Later, by calling Eden through Bob's phone, Adam manages to get a date.

Meanwhile, his cosmetic cream becomes of great importance to the company. While Adam is doing a presentation of the cream, Eden enters the lecture hall and discovers his true identity. After she flees the auditorium Adam runs to find her but Bob's ID, having been terminated, lands him in trouble. He escapes to Bob's house. He shows him that mixing liquids from both gravity fields can make a hybrid solution that resists both gravitational fields and simply floats between the two. Adam then reveals that he didn't give TransWorld the main secret ingredient of his compound, leaving the company unable to manufacture the product without him.

With Bob's help, he goes back to the restaurant where he met with Eden before and finds out she has begun to recover old memories of him. But the police arrive and he has to run. Upon returning to his planet he goes to the mountain top where he met Eden. Eden comes to find him and they meet again as they did long ago. But police are on their trail and, as they fail to escape, Eden is arrested while Adam falls the remaining distance between worlds. But he survives because of a vest containing inverse matter which he still had strapped to his torso. TransWorld agrees to drop the charges against Eden if Adam gives them his formula and never contacts Eden again.

Now Adam has gone back to his old life, believing he will never see Eden again. But Eden, not so easily dissuaded, goes to Bob for help. Bob finds Adam and surprises him by showing he can stay Down without the help of the opposite-matter accoutrements; Bob has been able to use Adam's methods to create a way to negate the effect of gravity. Bob tells him he had purchased the patent of his beauty cream before TransWorld attempted to do so. He finishes by informing him that Adam also has a 'date' with someone.

The film ends with Eden revealing she has become pregnant with twins, and the camera zooms far out to reveal towering skyscrapers on both sides, showing that both sides have become prosperous, as well as children from both sides interacting by playing basketball.


  • Jim Sturgess as Adam Kirk
  • Kirsten Dunst as Eden Moore
  • Timothy Spall as Bob Boruchowitz
  • Jayne Heitmeyer as Head Executive
  • Blu Mankuma as Albert


The film was released on 23 August 2012 in Russia,[3] then on 15 March 2013 in the US, in a limited capacity (11 theaters initially). It was released in France on 27 March 2013 (Mauvais Genre Film Festival)[4] and, more generally, on 1 May 2013 through the local branch of Warner Bros., while the distribution rights were bought by Millennium Entertainment for North America and by Icon for the United Kingdom.[5]

The film became available on Blu-ray and DVD on 25 June 2013.

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The French production company Studio 37 initially searched for an American co-producer, and received positive response from Hollywood representatives who read the screenplay. However, because of cultural differences, they decided to look for European partners instead, as they thought it would be essential for the project to be driven primarily by its director.[6] The film was eventually produced by Studio 37, Onyx Films and the Montreal-based company Transfilm, for a budget of $50 million.[1]

Variety reported from the Cannes Film Market in 2009 that Kirsten Dunst and Emile Hirsch were in talks to play the film's two leading roles.[7] A few months later the same magazine reported that Jim Sturgess had been cast instead of Hirsch.[1]

Principal photography started in Hancock, Michigan in February 2010.[1] Filming and post-production were located in the U.S. because of the country's low taxes for film productions. Producer Dimitri Rassam said: 'We couldn't have made Upside Down without the French funding system but there was no way we could have shot [in France] because the tax rebate is not attractive enough.'[8]


Upside Down received mostly negative reviews from mainstream critics. Most praised the visual style, world-building and originality, but criticized the generic love story, plot holes and convoluted plot, with a score of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 48 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The site's consensus reads, 'In spite of its wonderfully unusual premise and talented cast, Upside Down fails to offer much in the way of compelling drama to anchor its admittedly dazzling visuals.'[9]

Mick LaSalle was one of several reviewers who admired the film's 'brilliant' and 'imaginative basis' while feeling ultimately disappointed, saying its 'rich and bizarre premise is supported by fully realized visuals that make the fantastic real.. it's all very enjoyable.' However, he wrote, 'The only problem is that, after creating the most wonderful fantastic frame, Upside Down doesn't devise a picture worthy of it. The story is serviceable. It starts small, and it stays small, even though the circumstances surrounding the story seem to cry out for something bigger.'[10]

Wired called the film 'an odd and ultimately flawed mix': 'If only the story were as original, or as strong, as the film's topsy-turvy look. Unfortunately, Upside Down..invests almost all of its cinematic capital in gravity-defying eye candy.'[11]The Star-Ledger also had a mixed reaction, with its reviewer praising the 'wonderful visual shock' and its 'marvelous sense of space and style' and writing, 'Solanas' idea is a pretty audacious one, visually. A political one too, as it turns out that for generations the upper world (think Northern Hemisphere) has been getting fat exploiting the resources of the lower one (think Southern Hemisphere),' but concluding that the film 'doesn't really develop its story, or its themes.'[12]

Frank Scheck found the film confusing, saying, 'You practically need an advanced degree in physics to fully comprehend the convoluted physical machinations depicted in Upside Down, Juan Solanas' dizzyingly loopy sci-fi romance. Depicting the Romeo and Juliet-style romance between lovers from twin planets with opposite gravitational pulls, this head-scratcher boasts visual imagination to spare even as its logistical complexities and heavy-handed symbolism ultimately prove off-putting.'[13]

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  1. ^ abcdKeslassy, Elsa (22 October 2009). 'Jim Sturgess joins 'Upside Down''. Variety. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  2. ^'Upside Down (2013) - Box Office Mojo'. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  3. ^'ПАРАЛЛЕЛЬНЫЕ МИРЫ - Upside Down: кассовые сборы, о фильме'. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  4. ^'Upside Down (2017) - Release Info - IMDb'. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  5. ^'Upside Down'. AlloCiné (in French). Tiger Global. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  6. ^Dawtrey, Adam (7 May 2010). 'Blockbusters on tap, European-style'. Variety. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  7. ^Keslassy, Elsa (16 May 2009). 'Goodman eyes 'Cross' for Kinology'. Variety. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  8. ^Keslassy, Elsa (4 December 2010). 'Location shoots flee France'. Variety. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  9. ^'Upside Down Movie Reviews, Pictures'. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  10. ^LaSalle, Mick (14 March 2013). 'Upside Down review: Halfway There'. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  11. ^Wallace, Lewis (15 March 2013). 'Review: Upside Down Soars Visually, But Lacks Gravity'. Wired. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  12. ^Whitty, Stephen (15 March 2013). 'Upside Down review: Weightless Sci-Fi'. New Jersey On-Line. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  13. ^Scheck, Frank (14 March 2013). ''Upside Down' Review: Mostly Down'. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 March 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Upside Down on IMDb
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  • Upside Down at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Upside Down at AllMovie

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