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Champions (2018)

Campeones (original title)
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A basketball coach is sentenced to community service, forced to work with a team of mentally disabled players.

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Javier Fesser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Gutiérrez ... Marco
Athenea Mata Athenea Mata ... Sonia
Juan Margallo ... Julio
José de Luna José de Luna ... Juanma
Sergio Olmo Sergio Olmo ... Sergio (as Sergio Olmos)
Jesús Vidal ... Marín
Gloria Ramos Gloria Ramos ... Collantes
Alberto Nieto Ferrández Alberto Nieto Ferrández ... Benito (as Alberto Nieto)
Julio Fernández Julio Fernández ... Fabián
Jesús Lago Jesús Lago ... Jesús (as Jesús Lago Solís)
Fran Fuentes Fran Fuentes ... Paquito
Roberto Chinchilla Roberto Chinchilla ... Román
Stefan López Stefan López ... Manuel
Luisa Gavasa ... Amparo
Luis Bermejo ... Compañero de Sonia
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Storyline

Marco Montes is a basketball coach who works as second trainer of an important team of ACB (Spanish basketball national league), but in reality he is a man burned inside himself in his professional life as well as personal life, turning him in an arrogant and bad-mannered man. During an ACB's game, a discussion with the first trainer causes an incident and he's fired out from the stadium. Just later Marco, completely drunk, crashes unwittingly his car against a police car, being arrested. In the trial the judge makes Marco to decide: go to the jail for 2 years or passing 90 days making community services. Reluctant, Marco is forced to training a basketball team called "Los Amigos" (The Friends) formed by the mentally disabled players Manuel, Paquito, Jesús, Sergio, Fabián, Juanma, Benito, Marin and Collantes, and helped by old Julio, social center's director where they meet. At the same time that Marco tries to save his marriage with Sonia, a woman tired of his excuses about to have a... Written by Chockys

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | None

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Champions See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

EUR4,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,698,161
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Color | Color (4K)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Looking for more realism, director Javier Fesser wanted non-professional actors, but real-life disabled people for the basketball team. All of them make their debut with this movie. See more »

Goofs

The employee of the shop looks very much after his motor home, and he is very reluctant to lend it. As an example of how much he takes care of the van, he mentions that he uses 98 octane petrol (gas). Motor homes in Spain (except for a few very old ones) run on diesel. See more »

Quotes

Marco: My job is to train normal players. These guys aren't players, or normal.
Julio: And who is normal, Marco? Are you and I normal?
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Crazy Credits

There is one more scene just before the closing credits are complete. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ni distintos ni diferentes: Campeones (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

La señal
Written by Coque Malla (as Jorge Malla Valle)
Performed by Coque Malla
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It's good to be predictable when your focus is your message
8 September 2018 | by francescgoSee all my reviews

This tender and beautifully made movie is quite obvious and predictable. But it is worth to sacrifice originality when your goal is to focus in the moral message. And this movie has a strong an powerful moral message, so overwhelming that it makes you feel almost like in a church listening a sermon of an old and good hearted priest. It is like 2 hours of visual Aesop greek fables where the characters, instead of animals, are archetypical humans. The most important critic is to our own Spanish history: the National Basketball team cheated in the Paralympic Games of Sydney 2000, because 10 out of 12 of our basketball players did not have any mental disability. They won the gold medal, but they had to return it afterwards. Also the film showcases the extraordinary negative consequences of hyper protective parenthood in raising narcissistic people, completely immature in their 30s an 40s to the point that they can not endure the risks and challenges of sustaining a relationship, facing rejection or creating a family. Specially consistent during the whole film is the critic to our society, based in success over experience, performance over playfulness, fitness over kindness, dominance over community. Finally, the most subtle but powerful subversive message in the movie is questioning to which extent are sick and poisoned the people that consider ourselves "normal". Much of our "normality" might be counter productive, to the point to make us too rigid, cold hearted and stressed because of our own insane standards. All the special basketball players of this special team show us that most of the times it's ok to look silly, to do something stupid or to fail constantly, because they still have each other. So many of us can not say the same.

This movie is such a nice, entertaining, sweet and tender way of reflecting about all these moral values. It's been selected to compete for the Oscar to the best foreign film, but honestly I think they have no chance. We are still too much into an Instagram Age to take a movie like this one seriously.


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