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  • Actors: Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson
  • Directors: Rodrigo Garcia
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071L8BWA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs leads an establishment of prestigious actors including the Oscar nominated Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds), BAFTA nominated Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors), IFTA nominee Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downton Abbey) and Academy Award winner Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot), alongside the multi-award winning Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine) and rising stars Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre).

In 19th Century Ireland, with employment for women scarce, a young impoverished girl made a radical decision to masquerade as a man to ensure her survival.  Many years later, her four walls come crashing down as secrets are uncovered leading to tension, drama, heartache and tragedy.

The novella by George Moore has been a labour of love for Close since she first played the role in 1982.  Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child) directs from a script by Glenn Close, along with Man Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville and Gabriella Prekop.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
The story opens in 19th century Ireland, where Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) is a hotel butler/waiter. He's also a woman, forced to hide his identity because a woman alone often ended up in the workhouse or worse. Albert has big plans, however, and dreams of the day when he can own his own little shop.

I was expecting this movie to be a cloying male-impersonator story like "Yentl," but it was so much more than that; it's a scathing and heartbreaking look at poverty, despair, and the need to be loved. Close is excellent as the troubled Albert; she was nominated for an Oscar as was her costar, Janet McTeer who gives an outstanding performance as a painter who befriends Nobbs. The rest of the cast is filled with top British character actors. The sensitive script, which was co-written by Close, is full of surprises and the movie moves at a quick pace.

This film has an intimate, art-house feel to it; it's a character-driven gem that left me in a pool of tears. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Five by Five on 5 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
*SPOILERS*

Albert Nobbs. I had heard a lot about this film and as a fan of Glenn Close I knew I had to see it. And I'm glad I did. It's such a tragic tale of the titular character, a woman living as a man in order to get by. Upon the opening scenes Nobbs is an enigma, distant from his fellow workers. As the film progresses you become so engaged with the character that when her dreams are so close to being recognized, you are rooting for her. She's suffered a lot and she deserves happiness. Yet it's that prospect of happiness that proves to be her undoing. She has spent so many years alone that when the prospect of companionship presents itself she becomes blinded by it all leading to her own downfall. This is a beautiful film, with a mesmerizing and poignant performance from Close, and a cast of supporting players that are fantastic in their roles. Definitely a film to be viewed at least once. Highly recommended
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. D. A. Scollan on 15 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wonderful acting by Glen Close: she should have got an Oscar for this! Touching, sad and funny all at the same time. This movie will stay in my memory for a long time to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BrownPolar on 5 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Freedom is the noblest of all human feats, so far in our continuing quest to evolve above the animal in us. While a small majority of us now take liberty for granted, it has consumed centuries, countless lives and much sacrifice to get this far, and it is likely to need many more years before we could safely assume that freedom is everyone’s birthright.

‘Albert Nobbs’ simply and elegantly demonstrates how hard it was for a woman to be free, just three centuries ago in the relatively more liberal west. Considering that abortion remains illegal in Ireland and that women are still abused, enslaved and treated unequal even here in Britain, the importance of a film like this cannot be overstated. If this sad, but optimistic, story persuades one man to change the way he treats women, it has indeed done its deed.

Glenn Close, who co-wrote and co-produced ‘Albert Nobbs’ is mesmerising and captivatingly nuanced in her remarkable performance as the multifaceted Nobbs, a master class for any novice in acting. Having said that, each characterisation is as realistic and noteworthy as the other in this highly accomplished and nearly flawless achievement in modern cinema. This is the first feature directed by Rodrigo García that I have seen so far, and shall certainly not be the last.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Albert Nobbs"a much-honored 2011 social issue drama of 113 minutes is set in late 19th century Dublin, Ireland. It tells the tale of the little man who never was. "Albert Nobbs" is a waiter in a pricey hotel in late Victorian times. His customers see him as a kind, fussy little man, but he's not. He's a woman living as a man because the male waiters make much more money than the women maids, and can hope even to be able to save enough so as to retire to a little shop of some sort - Albert thinks a tobacconist for him. And waiters don't have to beat laundry in the cold and snow, as the maids must. The movie is based upon a novella by Irish author George Moore. Its title role is played by Glenn Close, an Oscar winner for The World According to Garp , giving a "powerhouse performance" here according to the New York Post. Close recreates her 1982 stage role here; I understand it took her all the intervening decades to manage to get this work filmed. At any rate, she was also nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her work in this film.

Nobbs has spent decades working as a man, and is reaching the point where he thinks he can see the light at the end of the tunnel, though he is not sure how to strategize it. He's biding his time. Then two men arrive at the hotel at roughly the same time. Handsome strapping handyman Joe Machin, played by Aaron Johnson, Nowhere Boy. And handsome swaggering housepainter Hubert Page, played by esteemed actress, Janet McTeer, (
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