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.
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
Of all the great American actor performances we've seen lately, what Glenn Close does here takes the prize. She is Albert Nobbs, the waiter at a Dublin hotel during the 1890s, who has been disguised as a woman for decades after a group rape. Nobbs is not only disguised; it's about getting a real male character. It's about not standing sexuality and the Victorian hotel waiter environment is perfect for this.
But Nobbs meets this painter who keeps the same kind of secret and it all turns in different ways. You could perhaps say that gender borders are crossed in unexpected ways.
This is the kind of film you think about for days after watching and new things come to your attention. Well worth seeing.
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