It is long since Dr. Mills, a renowned cardiologist, and his wife Elizabeth are going through a marital crisis. They live in a provincial capital in the oppressive Spain of the fifties, accompanied by two maids. Their only daughter has entered a monastery. The unexpected love the doctor feels for Julia, a young colleague, makes him feel alive again. Elizabeth's refusal to accept separation, leads him to use other methods.
Bean works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him.
84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley.