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Albert Nobbs

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Albert Nobbs

Rodrigo Garcia (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 Taylor-Johnson and Janet McTeer.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Rodrigo Garcia
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Other Information

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


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