Albert Nobbs 2011

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Albert Nobbs is a witty period drama about the lives of staff at one of Dublin's most luxurious hotels - Morrison's - and the hotel's butler, Albert Nobbs...a woman who disguises herself as a man to survive.

Starring:
Glenn Close,Mia Wasikowska
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Albert Nobbs

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Rodrigo Garcia
Starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska
Supporting actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aaron Johnson, Mark Williams
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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Amusing take on passing-for-White in a story about a woman passing for a man in a White culture where women have fewer human rights than men. the problem of pretending to be someone you are not in order to become who you are is well-presented as we focus on the pretense that such an imposture entails means agreeing with an oppressive system in order to operate in any way successfully within its limitations. A freedom that is not really a freedom because she is trying to be something that she can never be, since the lie only works if you believe in it.

As today, when Whites are reminded of the Institutional Racism from which only they benefit, they deny that such pretense is required while demanding integration into a social system designed to demean non-Whites. This White-created paradox mirrors the central problem of the woman here: Integrating into a culture that requires her to renounce her gender and her humanity. This entails that she trust no-one - as, for example, Blacks distrust Whites - for fear of exposure; while embracing the benefits of the very Institutional Sexism her imposture rails against.

The schizophrenia that results is as inevitable here as it is with Blacks who pass for White: Self-renunciation; lack of personal identity, self-respect & happiness - all because others are unable to accept themselves.

What is missing here is any realization that such a culture requires that everyone to be acting, to give the impression that one agrees with the oppression in the hope of benefiting from it. A culture of forms, without substance, that tries to ensure that people feel substantial without any of the necessary effort required. And that there is no real opportunity in such a culture for a private, decent nor dignified life.
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