Albert Nobbs (2012)
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Five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close stars in this emotional and thought-provoking tale of a woman forced to live as a man in 19th Century Ireland. After thirty years of keeping up the charade, a new love threatens to destroy everything she's worked so hard to build.. -- (C) Roadside Attractions
Jan 27, 2012 Limited
May 15, 2012
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The grim, grey-hued result is about as far from contemporary drag chic as it's possible to get - appropriate for the subject matter, perhaps, but hardly the stuff of satisfying cinema.
The film surrounding the performance is not always as strong, but the centre holds, and magnificently so.
Albert is at the heart of it all and we see her through her own prism of vulnerability, resulting in a very human story about the search for love, acceptance and understanding of the self.
A movie that, like its title character, never quite dares to let itself discover what it really wants to be.
An unadventurous film that has only the smallest of fires in its belly.
There's no contrived moralizing bridge to modern relevance, no overt nod to contemporary gender politics and no real reason why Close shouldn't get some respect this awards season.
Close, in one of her greatest performances, is quiet, still, almost invisible to those around her. It's not a stunt or an impersonation, it's a perfect realization of what someone in her position might endure just to eat.
Close's performance is no less sensational than Heath Ledger's as the close mouthed Ennis in Brokeback Mountain.
One's admiration for Close's work becomes more for her versatility and fearlessness than a connection with the character she portrays.
Glenn Close does her best Clay Aiken impression as she pretends to be a male butler in 19th century Ireland.
File under interesting failure, although with three Oscar nominations (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Costume), there must surely be people out there somewhere convinced by this relentlessly tasteful affair.
Glenn Close's character couldn't be more buttoned-up, but beneath the reserve she conveys a lifetime of loneliness, hurt and quiet heartache.
McTeer's performance is one of the most convincing of its kind I've ever seen.
Thee finished work appears fatally stranded between feminist polemic and accidental magic realism.
Here's a film that looks good, has production values to die for and an all-star cast who mostly make their mark.
It's a virtuoso portrayal and any hints of femininity vanish completely in Close's intense, studied portrayal.
Looking like a cross between Dublin-born Wilfrid Brambell's Steptoe, Robin Williams and Jamie Bell, it's an extraordinary performance, requiring little dialogue for us to see the pain deep in his/her soul.
For all its gender-bending intrigue, this is a cataclysmically sexless film: seldom has drag felt like such a drag.
The movie is sometimes charged with real tension and passion. And yet Close as Nobbs is an absence.
It is a million miles away from the frizzy haired bunny-boiling vixen of Fatal Attraction but every bit as disturbing.
Audience Reviews for Albert Nobbs
- Albert Nobbs: Life without decency is unbearable.
- Dr. Holloran: Why aren't you in fancy dress?
- Albert Nobbs: I'm a waiter.
- Dr. Holloran: Well I'm a doctor. We are both disguised as ourselves.
- Helen: You are the strangest man I have ever met.
- Dr. Holloran: We are both disguised as ourselves.
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