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Albert Nobbs [Blu-ray] (2011)

Glenn Close  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Close
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007CEFV4C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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To his customers, fastidious butler Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close, re-creating her 1982 stage role) is a "kind little man" who works in an upscale Dublin hotel at the turn of the century, prioritizing his position above all other concerns. Little do they know that he isn't really a man and that he dreams of running a tobacco shop. Until then, he's quietly biding his time when two new workers arrive: Joe (Nowhere Boy's Aaron Johnson), a strapping handyman, and Hubert (Oscar nominee Janet McTeer), a swaggering housepainter also passing as a man. After Hubert discovers Albert's secret, they share their stories, and a friendship ensues. Hubert's marriage to a spirited seamstress inspires Albert to find a spouse of his own, so he sets his sights on flighty housemaid Helen (Jane Eyre's Mia Wasikowska). With money in short supply, her erstwhile lover, Joe, encourages her to play along, a move that brings out Albert's tender side while jeopardizing his security. Since the script avoids any mention of sex, it isn't clear where Albert falls on the orientation spectrum; if anything, he comes across as asexual. Director Rodrigo García (Mother and Child) specializes in female-centric scenarios, so his somewhat stagy adaptation of George Moore's novella may seem like a change of pace, except his protagonist switches genders due more to necessity than desire. Though Close gives an admirably controlled performance, Albert's closed-off character makes him more intriguing than sympathetic, though she speaks about him with affection in her commentary track with García. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) gives a "powerhouse performance" (New York Post) as a woman who passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. Also starring a prestigious international cast including Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, ALBERT NOBBS is a “terrific” (IndieWIRE) film adapted from the short story by Irish author George Moore.

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The film incarnation of "Albert Nobbs" exists as a tremendous example of perseverance and fortitude. Glenn Close first performed a stage version of the play (adapted from a short story from Irish author George Moore) in 1982. She fell in love with the material and spent the next fifteen years trying to put together a film deal. About ten years ago, the film was finally green-lit but then scrapped when financing fell through. Now almost thirty years after appearing on stage as Albert Nobbs, Close has her opportunity to share this quiet little story with a larger audience. In addition to starring in the piece, she co-wrote the screenplay, acted as a producer, and even wrote the lyrics for the closing song. I think you could call this a labor of love! Although mainstream press reaction has been somewhat mixed, Close has received numerous accolades (as has co-star Janet McTeer) including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. It seems hard to fathom that Close lost out on her previous five nominations and hasn't been in the running since 1988 with "Dangerous Liaisons." But it's certainly good to see her steadfast efforts being recognized.

Close is quite restrained and stoic as the titular Albert Nobbs. Set in nineteenth century Ireland, the film tells the story of a woman (Close) who has dedicated thirty years of her life passing as a man in order to make a living. Stolid and reliable, Albert has squirreled away a small fortune through the years and hopes to realize the dream of becoming a shopkeeper. Seemingly content, Albert's life is upended when he meets McTeer--a painter who has a lot more in common with Albert than it seems possible. This new friend opens up a number of interesting possibilities for Albert, making the point that life does not have to be lived alone.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful! April 10, 2012
By Molly
Format:DVD
This is by far the best movie I have seen in years. Glenn close's finest work. The movie emphasizes the plight of women in 19th Century Ireland. If it was not for Meryl Streeps unbelievable portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, there is no doubt Glenn Close would have got the Oscar. Janet McTeer did an awesome job. It is a pity in this day and age that movies like this do not break the box office and movies like "hunger games" make a gazillion dollars. If you like real acting and a good story this movie is for you
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done. February 29, 2012
Format:DVD
A woman works at a hotel and has been living as a man for most of her life. She dreams of one day owning her own business. She comes across another woman living such a life, and also goes about courting a lady that she works with. This is a charming film that depicts the difficulty of a double life and achieving your dreams. Glenn Close is quite convincing as a woman passing herself off as a man and the performances of all the players are outstanding. The Albert Nobbs character is very likeable and I found myself hoping for something positive to come out of the man's/woman's experience. The film is never slow, and every aspect of the movie is very well done. This is a good one to see.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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The film incarnation of "Albert Nobbs" exists as a tremendous example of perseverance and fortitude. Glenn Close first performed a stage version of the play (adapted from a short story from Irish author George Moore) in 1982. She fell in love with the material and spent the next fifteen years trying to put together a film deal. About ten years ago, the film was finally green-lit but then scrapped when financing fell through. Now almost thirty years after appearing on stage as Albert Nobbs, Close has her opportunity to share this quiet little story with a larger audience. In addition to starring in the piece, she co-wrote the screenplay, acted as a producer, and even wrote the lyrics for the closing song. I think you could call this a labor of love! Although mainstream press reaction has been somewhat mixed, Close has received numerous accolades (as has co-star Janet McTeer) including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. It seems hard to fathom that Close lost out on her previous five nominations and hasn't been in the running since 1988 with "Dangerous Liaisons." But it's certainly good to see her steadfast efforts being recognized.

Close is quite restrained and stoic as the titular Albert Nobbs. Set in nineteenth century Ireland, the film tells the story of a woman (Close) who has dedicated thirty years of her life passing as a man in order to make a living. Stolid and reliable, Albert has squirreled away a small fortune through the years and hopes to realize the dream of becoming a shopkeeper. Seemingly content, Albert's life is upended when he meets McTeer--a painter who has a lot more in common with Albert than it seems possible. This new friend opens up a number of interesting possibilities for Albert, making the point that life does not have to be lived alone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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There is a comment spoken by maid Helen (Mia Wasikowska) as Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) tries to court her: `You are the strangest man I have ever met.' And that is most assuredly true - Albert Nobbs is a woman trapped in a man's body. Literally. Because Albert is physically, a woman who has escaped the smothering poverty of 19th-century Dublin by cutting her hair, putting on a cutaway, and taking a job as a waiter in a small, posh hotel. It's a difficult masquerade, but one she's done for decades, while carefully saving her shillings - tips she likely wouldn't get if she were just a woman, working in the kitchen - to eventually by a Tobacconist shop and live a normal life.

ALBERT NOBBS is a brilliant film, a film adapted form a short by George Moore, extended by István Szabó, and adapted for the screen by John Banville, Gabriella Prekop, and star Glenn Close (Close starred in the stage version of this story years ago), and directed with sensitive finesse by Rodrigo García (son of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez and responsible of the penetrating television series `In Treatment'). The atmosphere of Dublin as a city is captured both in the scenery and in the psychological sense - a city that survived typhoid fever and extensive years of poverty yet still supporting a wealthy upper class.

We are slowly introduced to a classy hotel run by Mrs. Baker (Pauline Collins) and with a staff of `servants/waiters' that includes the quiet and reserved Albert Nobbs. Mrs. Baker hires a down and out Lad named Joe (Aaron Johnson, remembered for his impressive performance in `Nowhere Boy') to fix the broken boiler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
anything with glenn close has to be great
Published 20 hours ago by shirley ahquin
3.0 out of 5 stars Bottom Line--It Was Just OK.
I think it was well acted and well cast. It's just that it was in no way engaging. Ultimately, it's a tragic story on a number of levels, but, mostly, the word that best describes... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT MOVIE, SO GLAD I OWN IT AND HAVE IT IN MY COLLECTION!
Published 12 days ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 25 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!
Wonderful movie! Glenn Close should have gotten an award for her performance.
The inhumanity in story makes one angry and the ending is sad,but you must
watch it to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars a RESOUNDING KICK IN THE TEETH.
WHAT A DREADFUL PERIOD - simply without any hope, unless one had ruthless drive and absolutely no conscience. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Minnie and Henery Krumb
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie!
One of my most favorite movies! I recommend this to everyone! The price was right and I got it when it said I would
Published 3 months ago by Zachary Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Glenn Close gives an amazing performance as a woman passing as a man. I loved the supporting cast as well.
Published 3 months ago by Francine Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Years ago
I saw this movie when it first came out. It was ok. Not bad, but nothing exceptional. That is all.
Published 4 months ago by mayzey
2.0 out of 5 stars Volume
The story was very good, the picture was clear but what I could hear wasn't, I had to put the sub-titles on because the volume was so low, turned it up full blast on my player but... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dilly
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