We must root for ourselves. No one else will do it for us!
In this politically incorrect existential comedy, cravings, love, cheating, and fantasizing all play their part as the World Ice Hockey Championships play out on an old TV in a broken down pub in an almost uninhabited Czech border village. Karel believes he runs a proper pub and that his wife, Zdena, loves him. Zdena believes she’s in love with Milan, a bus driver who believes he’s destined to drive charters to the sea. Josef, who’s darker than the average Czech, believes he has friends and that he isn’t a Gypsy. Jarda, who is disappointed by life, believes in next to nothing including his son. The local alcoholic, Bohous, in his black-out visions, believes he sees the play-off games before they’re played. Karel and Josef come to believe Bohous is their ticket to financial freedom. “We have to root for ourselves, because no one else will root for us!” is argued during a tough moment for the Czech team. All the men agree. In point of fact, each man is rooting only for himself, and “Champions” is their story.