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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 & 39 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Emmy (as Antonia Campbell Hughes)
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Mrs. Baker
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Mary
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Sean Casey
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Patrick
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Mrs. Moore
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Mr. Moore
Dolores Mullally ...
Milady
Bonnie McCormack ...
Miss Shaw
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Mrs. Cavendish
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Monsieur Pigot
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Madame Pigot
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Storyline

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

Genres:

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$696,166, 29 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,014,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,532,259
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Essie Davis was originally cast in this film back in the early 2000s but funding fell through. Glenn Close and Essie Davis went on to star together in A Street Car Named Desire in London's West End. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Helen: You are the strangest man I have ever met.
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Woman in Black (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Lay Your Head Down
Music by Brian Byrne
Lyrics by Glenn Close
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
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A Towering Close
17 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times(apologies to Dickens) in this Irish drama of the affluent and the working class at the turn of he century. Glenn Close is a towering figure throughout as Albert Nobbs, a butler at an upscale hotel in Dublin. Close and Mia Wasikowska are both magnificent in this saga of gender identity. Nobbs is dressed as a man in order to work and survive in a world better suited to being a male and she is searching for who and what she should be. Her dream of opening a shop with a woman she has fallen in love with, well played by Wasikowska is deeply affecting.

Janet McTeer and Brendan Gleeson round out a perfect ensemble cast as they are two of the best actors working today. Gleeson brings some comic relief as the resident doctor and McTeer gives a sympathetic ear and emotional support to Close.

Sinead O'Connor sings the final song as the credits roll. The story is a sad one but due to the great cast it is a movie worth watching.


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