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Albert Nobbs

2012

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Based on the short story by Irish author George Moore and nominated for 3 Academy Awards, ALBERT NOBBS is "a lovely and surprising move." (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) Award-winning actress Glenn Close 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.

Starring:
Glenn Close, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on February 27, 2012
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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By Molly on April 10, 2012
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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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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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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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Wow, this is an odd yet compelling movie. I loved it and yet I thought it could have been so much more. Glenn Close was amazing as Albert but I thought her performance was a little too stoic and reticent. Janet McTeer as Hubert Page turned in a stellar portrayal of a woman living as a man.

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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