Humorous wartime film, adapted from the novel by Bohumil Hrabal, following Jan Dite (Ivan Barnev), a waiter fixated on his dream of becoming a hotel owner and millionaire. In 1930s Prague, hotel waiter Jan longs for the life of the rich and famous guests he has to serve. Exploiting every opportunity he can find, especially if it involves a beautiful woman, Jan slowly but surely begins to achieve his heart's desire. But just when things seem to be working out for the upwardly mobile servant, the Nazi occupation threatens to scupper his best laid plans. Chancing on another route by taking up with Aryan amazon Liz (Julia Jentsch), Jan believes he's managed to stave off disaster, only for fate to deal him another decisive blow.