Albert Nobbs

  • 15
  • Rodrigo Garcia (2011)
  • UK / Ire
  • 109 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This intriguing period drama represents a labour of love for Glenn Close, who takes on the title character 30 years after appearing in the off-Broadway play. She plays a delicate woman who lives as a male servant in 19th-century Dublin, ostensibly to earn a crust in hard times. But as the story unfolds, it's suggested that Nobbs feels protected in men's clothes. She only yearns for liberation after meeting a more bullish transvestite (Janet McTeer, bringing a touch of lightness) and aims to start afresh by courting housemaid Helen (Jane Eyre's Mia Wasikowska) for a wife. Director Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives) leaves a question mark over the exact nature of Nobbs's fixation with her and the lure of the story (co-adapted by Close) is in trying to work out what drives Nobbs to extremes. What frustrates, though, is that even with a captivating, Oscar-nominated performance by the star, the servant remains inscrutable beneath that starched collar.

Plot Summary

A woman in 19th-century Ireland has lived in disguise as a man for 30 years, holding down a job as a butler at a Dublin hotel. She meets a married house painter whom she discovers is a fellow cross-dresser, and is inspired by her new friend's happy life to seek a wife of her own. Period drama, starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Janet McTeer.

Cast and crew

Cast

Albert Nobbs
Glenn Close
Helen
Mia Wasikowska
Joe
Aaron Johnson
Holloran
Brendan Gleeson
Hubert
Janet McTeer
Viscount Yarrell
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Mrs Baker
Pauline Collins
Cathleen
Bronagh Gallagher
Polly
Brenda Fricker
Mary
Maria Doyle Kennedy

Crew

Director
Rodrigo Garcia

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
EOne Entertainment
Guidance: 
Swearing and sex scenes.
Available on DVD
Released 27 Apr 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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