Albert Nobbs

  • 15
  • Rodrigo Garcia (2011)
  • UK / Ire / Fr / US
  • 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 García (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

Period drama starring Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska. Dublin in the late 19th century: Albert Nobbs has been a waiter in one of the most respected hotels in the city for many years. But in reality the prim and proper gentleman is actually a woman in disguise. Now feeling trapped by the subterfuge, Albert is inspired to make changes to "his" life after sharing a room with house painter Hubert.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Rodrigo Garcia

Other Information

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