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Albert Nobbs 2011

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4.4 out of 5 stars (67) IMDb 6.7/10

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, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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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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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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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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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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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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