Albert Nobbs [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I never quite believed Close as Albert, her facial bone structure is too womanly, her stature too small. I was however completely taken in by McTeer's performance as Hubert Page. Her stature and mannerisms were very believable until she whipped out some mighty fine looking breasts to show Albert she had no reason to fear discovery.
The turn of the century costumes and scenery were fabulous, the performances overall first rate. Even though I am conflicted about this movie it really struck me somehow. I still highly recommend it and will most likely view it again.
It is a sad story, "Why do people live such miserable lives"? Poverty and loneliness usually.
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ALBERT NOBBS has some highly promising elements to it. The story of a waiter (Glenn Close) born out of wedlock, who has been forced to carve out a career masquerading as a male,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
The movie was overall wonderful. Mia W. and Aaron J-T. were excellent. I thought the supporting cast was very good as well. The only one who I felt was miscast was Glenn Close. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Landers68
This was a slow movie but I loved it! I just wanted the relationship to develop faster than it did!Published 8 months ago by Meagan