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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 18 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmy (as Antonia Campbell Hughes)
Margaret 'Madge' Baker
Sean Casey
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Glenn Close caught pneumonia while filming the movie. 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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Referenced in Final de partida: Los premios Óscar (2012) See more »


Lay Your Head Down
Music by Brian Byrne
Lyrics by Glenn Close
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
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User Reviews

Beautiful film
7 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Mill Valley Film Festival Opening last night and I thought it was an amazing piece. Luckily I didn't have an preconceived notions about the film. I hadn't heard anything about it which for me is always the best way to go into a film. I always set high standards for any film that Glen Close is a part of and she definitely met that expectation and then some.

Visually, Albert Nobbs had a fairy tale feel to it. I would say it was an atypical film without political agenda. A simple but highly intelligent story full of life and character detail. I would like to see this again. I have a feeling that in a second screening I would see so many new things that are so subtle in the first viewing.

Glen Close transformed completely. It was dazzling to watch. I was captivated by her face and her mannerisms. I would highly recommend this film to friends. A must see!

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