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Albert Nobbs [DVD] [2011]

Glenn Close , Janet McTeer , Rodrigo Garcia    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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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 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071L8BWA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,504 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding film 12 Aug 2012
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Little Man Who Never Was 14 Sep 2012
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 July 2014
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Good film worth the money not to everybodies taste but I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real tear jerker 1 July 2014
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Great film excellent acting and a good story about people struggling to fit in, worth getting as you will watch it over and over again
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch, unless you like it boring and bleak! 12 April 2014
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Well acted but not something I enjoyed. For the most part I found this to be both dull and bleak with only a few redeeming moments.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem 18 Sep 2012
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Unfortunately such films are not made too often nowadays, the more it should be cherished. Genius acting, gentle tone, subtle music, psychological credibility, unique story. A film made with passion and there is such attention to detail. Images that stay with you for long. The film's finale is heartbreaking. Glenn Close added another memorable role to her amazing list of characters.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film. The acting is superb. 27 Dec 2012
This film is truly amazing!! The script is subtly brilliant. I have never seen anything like it before; very original story. Glenn Close and Janet Mcteer do a great job as the main characters. Glenn Close is such an amazing actress that you become completely absorbed in the film and totally forget it's her! The complicated love triangles, meaning of love and friendship are deeply thought provoking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving 4 Nov 2012
A very moving and sad film but a must see. Superb acting by all, wonderful photography and a few twists. Glenn Close should have an Oscar for this performance. Great film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by Carmel
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
An interesting film on a little know subject that happen a lot, worth seeing for Glenn Close's performance alone. A nice film.
Published 5 months ago by D. Fisentzou
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant film
I'm not sure what I expected when we added this film to our watchlist on Amazon Prime video. It had a few of things going for it, the actors for one, Glenn Close, Janet McTeer,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss S. M. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
This film was awesome, I did not want it to end,Glen Close touched my Heart, the rest of the cast were also brilliant, anyone who likes
period dramas, must not miss this gem.
Published 6 months ago by AndyP
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but...
Well acted, well produced but something didn't grab me with the story as it usually does with these period dramas. I can't put my finger on it because it was interesting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DRep
3.0 out of 5 stars Albert Nobbs dvd
Great acting by Glen Close in this film. I would have liked to have known a bit more background about some
of the other characters, and I was expecting it to be a bit more... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Honeybunny17
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual
This is an unusual film and quite thought provoking. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I thought I would but nothing wrong with it.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs J Dalton-Sedgwick
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film
We really enjoyed this film , and Glenn Close is brilliant in it, she looks good as a man.
Would recommend this to anyone that likes victorian era.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. M. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought.
I enjoyed this film. I love working out how people react as they do. In the day and age of this film it would have been so hard to live when your gender isn't straight forward. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ms. F. M. Mayo
4.0 out of 5 stars Albert Nobbs
This is a lovely film with a good story. It is well acted and produced and well worth a watch
Published 16 months ago by Jean
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