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Albert Nobbs (2011)

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Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.



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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmy (as Antonia Campbell Hughes)
Mrs. Baker
Sean Casey
Mrs. Moore
Mr. Moore
Dolores Mullally ...
Bonnie McCormack ...
Miss Shaw
Mrs. Cavendish
Monsieur Pigot
Madame Pigot


In 19th century Dublin, Albert Nobbs, an eccentric man in the latter part of middle age, works as a waiter in Morrison's Hotel run by the stingy and controlling Marge Baker. Albert is hard working and saves his money so that one day he will be able to eke out a better life for himself by owning his own business rather than work at the hotel. Beyond his work colleagues, he is all alone in the world. One day, a man named Hubert Page is hired by Mrs. Baker to paint one of the rooms in the hotel. She forces Hubert to share Albert's bed for the one night he is required to stay to complete the work, much to Albert's horror. Hubert discovers the reason Albert did not want to share a room with him. But rather than the issue being a problem, Hubert shows Albert that he can follow a slightly different life path than the one he envisioned for himself - one closer to the life that Hubert leads with his wife Cathleen - which includes getting married and having a wife to support him emotionally. ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A man with a secret. A woman with a dream. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El secreto de Albert Nobbs  »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$696,166, 29 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Amanda Seyfried and Orlando Bloom were originally cast but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. They were replaced by Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. See more »


When Glenn Close is running on the beach, she falls down in a spot where it is obvious that the sand was disturbed in a previous shot or rehearsal. See more »


Hubert Page: You don't have to be anything but who you are. Look at how you've survived all these years.
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Lay Your Head Down
Music by Brian Byrne
Lyrics by Glenn Close
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
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interesting acting exercise
31 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

In 19th century Dublin, Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) is a woman living as a man in order to work as a hotel waiter. She is a very particular man who has been saving to buy a tobacco shop. She gets found out when the owner Mrs. Baker (Pauline Collins) hires painter Hubert Page (Janet McTeer) and puts him in her room. Then Hubert reveals that he is also a woman. Unemployed Joe Mackins (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) lies his way into the hotel to get the job of repairing the boiler. Joe is soon sleeping with the maid Helen Dawes (Mia Wasikowska). Albert starts courting Helen but Joe convinces Helen to steal the money for passage to America.

It's somewhat fascinating to see the cross-dress acting but the story is really slow. The mannerisms are so odd that it is offputting. Also we know who Glenn Close is and some even Janet McTeer. There is something missing when we know that they are OBVIOUSLY women although nobody is suppose to know. There is a good sense of danger from discovery. However it needs to do much more. None of the characters are sympathetic. Nobbs is delusional. Joe is an obvious creep. Helen is just as much of a schemer or really dumb. I don't think I care for any of the characters.

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