Albert Nobbs (2011)

Glenn Close co-wrote and stars in this adaptation of the play about a nineteenth-century Irishwoman who disguises herself as a man and works as a butler for twenty years.

Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Brenda Fricker, Pauline Collins, Janet McTeer, and Brendan Gleeson

Synopsis:
19th century Ireland: a woman with no husband or family and without work would face a bleak life of poverty and loneliness. Albert, a shy butler who keeps himself to himself, has been hiding a deep secret for years – ‘he’ is a woman who has had to dress and behave as a man all her life in order to escape this fate. When handsome painter Hubert Page arrives at the hotel, Albert is inspired to try and escape the false life she has created for herself. She gathers her nerves to court beautiful, saucy young maid Helen in whom she thinks she’s found a soul-mate – but Helen’s eye is on a new arrival: handsome, bad-boy Joe, the new handy-man…

As Albert dares to hope that she might one day live a normal life, we catch a glimpse of a free-spirited woman who is caught in the wrong time… This humorous but ultimately poignant ensemble story about life ‘below-stairs’ is nothing less than Gosford Park meets Boys Don’t Cry.

Based on The Singular Life Of Albert Nobbs written by Simone Benmussa.
Directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives)
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5 comments:

  1. I looked at the photo before I read that it was Glenn Close and I thought "Who is that truly unusual looking actor!"
    Now I know! Sounds fascinating and she got a great cast!

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  2. Interesting. Thanks!

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  3. Glenn Close looks astonishingly like Gordon Jackson in his role as Hudson in Upstairs Downstairs.

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  4. This movie was ever so slow and boring. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and would only buy it as a gift for someone i wished to punish.

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  5. @Anonymous
    Your comment made me chuckle, thanks for the warning!

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