The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
While working at the hotel Zero meets Agatha (Saoirse Ronan), a baker with a Mexico-shaped birthmark on her cheek, during his frequent trips to Mendl's to pick up the pastries that she baked. She becomes the love of hiis life.
The movie also features – all too briefly – the elderly dowager countess Madame Céline Villeneuve Desgoffe und Taxis, usually referred to as Madame D.
As AO Scott said in the NewYork Times:
I will refrain from saying too much more about what happens, or about who shows up in what capacity … It’s all a lot of fun, but it isn’t only fun.
Go and see it.
Frances Hannon was the hair, makeup & prosthetics designer; Julie Dartnell, Heike Merker & Norma Webb were the key hair & makeup artists; Mark Coulier (Coulier Creatures), Duncan Jarman & Stephen Murphy were responsible for the prosthetics.