Albert Nobbs is a 2011 period drama film directed by Rodrigo García and starring Glenn Close in the titular role. The film is based on the novella “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs” by George Moore.
The story takes place in 19th century Ireland, and follows the life of Albert Nobbs, a woman who has been passing as a man for over 30 years in order to secure work and independence. Working as a waiter at a hotel, Nobbs dreams of owning his own business, but struggles to make ends meet. His life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Hubert Page (played by Janet McTeer), a fellow woman who has also been living as a man. As their friendship develops, Nobbs begins to explore the possibility of a different life, and falls in love with a young maid named Helen (played by Mia Wasikowska). However, his secret life as a woman threatens to unravel everything he has worked for.
The film explores themes of gender, identity, and class, and offers a nuanced and sympathetic portrayal of a character who is struggling to survive in a world that offers few options for someone in their position. Close delivers a powerful and nuanced performance as Nobbs, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Critics were generally positive on the film, praising its performances, direction, and sensitive handling of its subject matter. It offers a thought-provoking and moving exploration of gender identity and the limitations placed on individuals by societal norms and expectations.
Albert Nobbs is a powerful and moving drama that will appeal to fans of period pieces, character-driven stories, and thoughtful explorations of complex social issues.
Duration: 113 min.