Albert Nobbs (2011)

R  |   |  Drama  |  22 February 2012 (France)
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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 posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmy (as Antonia Campbell Hughes)
Margaret 'Madge' Baker
Sean Casey
Serena Brabazon ...
Mrs. Moore
Mr. Moore
Dolores Mullally ...
Bonnie McCormack ...
Miss Shaw
Mrs. Cavendish
Dr. Holloran
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

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We are all disguised as ourselves. See more »



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:

$696,166 (USA) (27 January 2012)


$3,014,541 (USA) (11 May 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Glenn Close was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award (Oscar) for her lead role as Albert Nobbs. It was Close's sixth nomination and sixth loss, and this now ties her with actresses Thelma Ritter and Deborah Kerr for the most consecutive losses for an actress. See more »


Dr. Holloran: Why aren't you in fancy dress?
Albert Nobbs: Me sir? But I'm a waiter.
Dr. Holloran: Well I'm a doctor. We are both disguised as ourselves. That's a good one, eh?
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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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Janet McTeer is ... transcendent
25 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Janet McTeer is absolutely transcendent in ALBERT NOBBS.

The waves of emotion which she wraps into Hubert Page are a wonder to behold. Her performance is not one of those 'knock me over with a feather' performances; it's more like a performance that settles in the bottom of your heart and stays there well after the movie ends. It keeps you up at night, and tugs at you for days afterward.

The story itself is more layered than it appears to be. Glenn Close has brought to the screen a very private yet very emotional character. Such a character is difficult to portray -- and the 'talking to one's self scenes' were a bit annoying, as all such scenes are.

In the end, however, this is a movie well worth your time.

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