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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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!