Film Review: Albert Nobbs

| 26 December , 2011 | Reply

Directed By: Rodrigo García
Starring: Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, Brendan Gleeson, Aaron Johnson
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 3.5/5

Adaptation is the name of the game in this gender bending drama set in 19th century Dublin. Glenn Close stars as the peculiar Albert Nobbs, a woman who has assumed the guise of a man in order to work in the struggling economy.

A victim of poverty and violence the young orphan first donned male clothes as an act of desperation, but years later the realities of Albert Nobbs is all that young girl knows. Painfully quiet and withdrawn, Albert leads a solitary existence working as a butler for a small boutique hotel for the wealthy gentry.

But an encounter with hired housepainter Hubert (Janet McTeer) awakens a yearning in Albert\’s soul. Hubert is also a woman disguised as a man (what are the odds?) but unlike Albert has been able to forge a ‘normal\’ life, working freely and taking a wife. Using tips he has saved meticulously over the years, Albert begins plans to create that life for himself.

Mia Wasikowska also stars as Helen, the vivacious young maid whom Albert decides to pursue as his wife. But Helen is taken with boiler man Joe (Aaron Johnson) who has promised her the world without any means to get it.

Albert Nobbs has an incredibly interesting concept, but such an introverted character is ultimately difficult to watch and very hard to care about. Close plays her role with too much subtlety on this one, whatever nuances are happening under all that prothesis doesn\’t translate back to viewers as anything more then an oddly plastic looking blank face. A fine support cast, and sound production values keep interest levels up.

For fans of period drama looking for some interesting twists.

Albert Nobbs is in Cinemas now.


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