At a wealthy resort in 1929, a nobleman falls for silent movie star Asta Nielsen. But as Asta’s obsession grows and starts threatening his wife and sickly son, he needs to find a way out. Any way out. Description 1929. The nobleman Henrik L. checks in at the Grand Hotel with his family. However, the reason for his visit to this picturesque seaside town is rather unpleasant: his son is seriously ill and needs treatment from one of Europe’s most renowned doctors. Troubled by their sickly son’s condition and the international stock market crash, the couple faces hard times. Frustrated and lonesome, Henrik makes the acquaintance of the flamboyant femme fatale Asta at the hotel bar. She is introduced as Asta Nielsen, the era’s biggest silent movie star. And Henry quickly falls for her intoxicating flirtations and commits adultery.