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Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs

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Director: Rodrigo García

Cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Janet McTeer


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Glenn Close co-wrote and stars in this period drama based on the short story The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by author George Moore, centering on the experiences of a 19th century Irish woman who poses as a man in order to work as a butler at an opulent Dublin hotel for the upper class. Maintaining her elaborate ruse over the course of two decades, Albert


Glenn Close co-wrote and stars in this period drama based on the short story The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by author George Moore, centering on the experiences of a 19th century Irish woman who poses as a man in order to work as a butler at an opulent Dublin hotel for the upper class. Maintaining her elaborate ruse over the course of two decades, Albert (Close) suddenly finds her dedication to the role challenged by the unexpected arrival of a painter who turns out to understand Albert better than anyone she could have imagined. Meanwhile, Albert finds her attempts to help pretty hotel maid Helen (Mia Wasikowska) thwarted when Helen becomes enamored with a charming but callous handyman (Aaron Johnson). Albert Nobbs played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There will always be broad comedies about people impersonating members of the opposite sex -- classics like Some Like It Hot, Tootsie, and Victor/Victoria spring to mind immediately. While those films all have something deeper to say about our preconceived notions about gender roles, not that many dramas address the issue with the delicacy of Albert Nobbs. Set in 19th century Ireland, director Rodrigo Garcia's movie stars Glenn Close as the title character, a woman who has been posing publically as a man for decades in order to stay employed. Currently the head of the waitstaff at a hotel, Albert saves her money and occasionally goes to great lengths to hide her secret from the maids, her boss, and the hotel's drunken doctor (played with roguish sensitivity by the always reliable Brendan Gleeson). The truth becomes even more difficult to hide when Hubert (Janet McTeer), a painter working at the building, is ordered to bunk with Albert. However, when Hubert pieces together the truth about Albert, the new roommate is in the unique position of empathizing with her, for Hubert is also a woman trying to survive in a man's world without a man. That description does make Albert Nobbs sound like a farce, but the movie's delicate tone lets us know how seriously we're supposed to take Albert's situation, and Close's performance is masterfully economical. We stop seeing a man or woman at some point and just see Albert, a person who has been pretending to be someone else for so long that she doesn't know for sure who she is. She's not fully herself, and not fully Albert, and this problem reveals itself in minor ways throughout the film, but it comes to a head during Albert's interactions with Helen (Mia Wasikowska), a young maid at the hotel whom Albert grows both fond and protective of. When the headstrong Helen falls for a callow lothario, Albert feels she's found the right person on whom to spend the savings she's built up. While Close dominates the movie with her masterful performance, there is great work being done throughout the cast. McTeer becomes the movie's soul, imbuing Hubert with a confidence that only highlights Albert's discomfort; unlike our hero, Hubert is comfortable in her own skin. Wasikowska, who was brilliant in Garcia's HBO series In Treatment, simultaneously plays the best and worst aspects of Helen's immaturity; we can see why Albert is drawn to her and how dangerous their relationship could become. As a director, Garcia might be the poster boy for unassuming humanism. His work aims to draw viewers in because of his rich attention to the details of human behavior, and in that regard Albert Nobbs is very recognizably his. This isn't Masterpiece Theater, and it isn't Merchant/Ivory either. It's a gentle, subdued character study presented without an ounce of bombast or melodrama.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with Glenn Close and Rodrigo Garcia; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Close Albert Nobbs
Mia Wasikowska Helen
Janet McTeer Hubert
Brendan Gleeson Dr. Holloran
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Joe
Brenda Fricker Polly
Antonia Campbell-Hughes Emmy
Pauline Collins Mrs. Baker
Maria Doyle Kennedy Mary
Mark Williams Sean
James Greene Patrick
Serena Brabazon Mrs. Moore
Michael McElhatton Mr. Moore
Dolores Mullally Milady
Bonnie McCormack Miss Shaw
Phyllida Law Mrs. Cavendish
Kenneth Collard M. Pigot
Judy Donovan Mme. Pigot
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Viscount Yarrell
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Viscountess Yarrell
Emerald Fennell Mrs. Smythe-Willard
John Light Mr. Smythe-Willard
Daniel Costello Mr. Sweeney
Angeline Ball Mrs. Gilligan
Philip O'Sullivan Mr. Gilligan
Katie Long Young Kitchen Maid
Katie O'Brien Older Kitchen Maid
Mark Doherty Porter
Rhys Burke George Moore
Lauren Kinsella Milly Moore
Katie Ann McDonough Laundry Maid
Kathleen Warner Yates Laundry Maid
Cate MacGabhann Laundry Maid
Bronagh Gallagher Cathleen
Antoinette Healy Woman on Landau
Annie Starke Chocolate Shop Waitress
Cathy White Nanny
Malcolm Blacow Health Official
Lily Melcher Country Girl
Lucie Melcher Country Girl
Raul Riva Baby
Juno Polly's Dog

Technical Credits
Rodrigo García Director
John Banville Screenwriter
Pierre-Francois Bernet Co-producer
Niall Brady Sound/Sound Designer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Brian Byrne Score Composer
Glenn Close Producer,Screenwriter
Martial Corneville Makeup
Bonnie Curtis Producer
Team FX Special Effects
Pierre-Yves Gayraud Costumes/Costume Designer
Cami Goff Executive Producer
John C. Goff Executive Producer
Sharon Harel-Cohen Executive Producer
Amy Hubbard Casting
Priscilla John Casting
Clare Lambe Makeup
Julie Lynn Producer
Michael McDonough Cinematographer
John McKeown Asst. Director
Alan Moloney Producer
Matthew Mungle Makeup Special Effects
Belinda Murphy Choreography
Gabrialla Prekop Screenwriter
Daryl Roth Executive Producer
David E. Shaw Executive Producer
Martin Stephens Camera Operator
István Szabó Original Story
Steven Weisberg Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Albert Nobbs
1. Chapter 1 [9:14]
2. Chapter 2 [10:27]
3. Chapter 3 [10:03]
4. Chapter 4 [9:59]
5. Chapter 5 [4:44]
6. Chapter 6 [10:37]
7. Chapter 7 [8:17]
8. Chapter 8 [5:31]
9. Chapter 9 [5:04]
10. Chapter 10 [7:29]
11. Chapter 11 [2:48]
12. Chapter 12 [:35]
13. Chapter 13 [6:05]
14. Chapter 14 [7:15]
15. Chapter 15 [6:24]
16. Chapter 16 [3:39]
17. Chapter 17 [5:05]
18. Chapter 18 [:00]


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Albert Nobbs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Makes one wonder if people in the future--if any--will be shocked by the class divisions of today, as we are shocked by seeing Mr. Nobbs in such a hermetically-sealed life. This movie is probably going to be compared to Downton Abbey, but it has much more to say than just the suffering of servants. It clearly speaks to womens' lot in society and the loneliness that men expect them to bear. The acting is excellent and the harp music especially fine. Worth every award!