Albert Nobbs (2011) Rated R

Albert NobbsAlbert Nobbs is actually a woman in late 19th century Ireland, where it is discouraged for women to live independently. She looks for a way to escape the lie she lives. Based on the novella by George Moore. Starring Glenn Close, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Mia Wasikowska, Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

In a restrained performance, Close plays an independent woman who transforms herself into a man to survive.  As Albert Nobbs, she is able to secure employment as a waiter at a prestigious hotel, where she remains under the radar for several years, until she encounters a painter who inspires her to dream of a less lonely existence.  An exercise in studied character development, this is a sedate but powerful film. It is worth a watch.

 

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