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Albert Nobbs -- Based on the short story by Irish author George Moore and nominated for 3 Academy Awards, ALBERT NOBBS is "a lovely and surprising move." (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) Award-winning actress Glenn Close gives a "powerhouse performance" (New York Post) as a woman who passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland.
Albert Nobbs -- 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.
Albert Nobbs -- Albert (Glenn Close) takes Helen (Mia Wasikowska) out for some chocolates.
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Glenn Close ... Albert Nobbs

Antonia Campbell-Hughes ... Emmy (as Antonia Campbell Hughes)

Mia Wasikowska ... Helen

Pauline Collins ... Margaret 'Madge' Baker

Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Mary

Mark Williams ... Sean Casey

James Greene ... Patrick
Serena Brabazon ... Mrs. Moore

Michael McElhatton ... Mr. Moore
Dolores Mullally ... Milady
Bonnie McCormack ... Miss Shaw

Phyllida Law ... Mrs. Cavendish

Brendan Gleeson ... Dr. Holloran

Kenneth Collard ... Monsieur Pigot

Judy Donovan ... Madame Pigot

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Viscount Yarrell
Phoebe Waller-Bridge ... Viscountess Yarrell

Emerald Fennell ... Mrs. Smythe-Willard

John Light ... Mr. Smythe-Willard
Daniel Costello ... Mr. Sweeney

Angeline Ball ... Mrs. Gilligan
Philip O'Sullivan ... Mr. Gilligan

Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Joe (as Aaron Johnson)

Brenda Fricker ... Polly
Katie Long ... Young Kitchen Maid
Katie O'Brien ... Older Kitchen Maid
Mark Doherty ... Porter
Rhys Burke ... George Moore
Lauren Kinsella ... Milly Moore

Janet McTeer ... Hubert Page
Katie Ann McDonough ... Laundry Maid
Kathleen Warner Yeates ... Laundry Maid
Cate MacGabhan ... Laundry Maid

Bronagh Gallagher ... Cathleen
Antoinette Healy ... Woman on Landau

Annie Starke ... Chocolate Shop Waitress
Cathy White ... Nanny
Malcolm Blacow ... Health Official
Lily Melcher ... Country Girl
Lucie Melcher ... Country Girl
Raul Riva ... Albert Joseph - Helen's baby
Juno ... Polly's Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Una C. ... Snooty Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Anna Elizabeth McGrath ... Laundry Maid (uncredited)

Directed by
Rodrigo García 
Writing credits
Gabriella Prekop (screenplay) &
John Banville (screenplay) &
Glenn Close (screenplay)

George Moore (novella "The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs")

István Szabó (screen story)

Produced by
Marcia Allen .... co-executive producer
John Amend .... co-executive producer
Teresa Amend .... co-executive producer
Pierre-Francois Bernet .... co-producer: Chrysalis Films (as Pierre-Fran¸ois Bernet)
Glenn Close .... producer
Ruth Coady .... associate producer: Patallel Films
Bonnie Curtis .... producer
John Eger .... co-executive producer
Cami Goff .... executive producer
John Goff .... executive producer (as John C. Goff)
Sharon Harel .... executive producer (as Sharon Harel Cohen)
Julie Lynn .... producer
Caroline McManus .... post-production producer
Alan Moloney .... producer
Susan Mullen .... associate producer: Parallel Films
Patrick O'Donoghue .... line producer
Daryl Roth .... executive producer
David E. Shaw .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian Byrne 
Cinematography by
Michael McDonough (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steven Weisberg 
Casting by
Amy Hubbard 
Priscilla John 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein 
Art Direction by
Susie Cullen (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Jenny Oman 
Costume Design by
Pierre-Yves Gayraud 
Makeup Department
Eileen Buggy .... additional hair stylist
Martial Corneville .... hair stylist: Ms. Close and Ms. McTeer
Martial Corneville .... wig maker: Ms. Close and Mc. Mcteer
Eilis Coughlan .... hair trainee
Lorraine Glynn .... makeup artist (as Lorraine Glynn Whelan)
Aurelio Guzman .... makeup lab
Jamie Hess .... makeup lab
Lynn Johnson .... key makeup artist (as Lynn Johnston)
Lynn Johnson .... prosthetic application (as Lynn Johnston)
Alexis LaCentra .... makeup lab
Clare Lambe .... makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle .... special makeup designer
Aisling Nairn .... additional assistant makeup artist
Susie Redmond .... hair stylist
Sevlene Roddy .... hair stylist
Ciara Scannell .... trainee makeup artist
Chloe Bourke .... daily makeup trainee (uncredited)
Production Management
Dee Collier .... post-production supervisor
Judith Fleeton .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edna Doherty .... second assistant director
Ger Duffy .... trainee assistant director
Denis Fitzpatrick .... trainee assistant director
John McKeown .... first assistant director
Grace Morgan .... trainee assistant director
Sonja Otto .... trainee assistant director
Ceri Quinn .... trainee assistant director
Felipa Robertson .... trainee assistant director
Nick Thomas .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tony Boston .... standby props
Simon Boyd .... standby props
Dermot Butler .... supervising carpenter
Stephen Byrne .... props trainee
Darach Culhane .... assistant buyer
Fiona Daly .... standby art director
Simone Delaney .... buyer
Shane Donnelly .... standby stagehand
Ciaran Drew .... carpenter
Mark Forbes .... painter
Jono Fortune .... props trainee
Mick Fortune .... greensman
Martin Goulding .... draftsman
Martin Hayes .... construction manager
Tony Kelly .... stagehand
Arne Klohn .... props trainee
Rene Knol .... dressing props
John Lamon .... carpenter
David Lee .... standby carpenter
Eoin Lewis .... dressing props
Liam Maguire .... props runaround
Louise Mathews .... art director trainee
Jerome McDonnell .... standby props (as Jerome MacDonnell)
Adrienne McGrane .... graphic designer
Ciara McKenna .... store person
Noel McKenna .... standby rigger
Nuala McKernan .... property master
Brian Molloy .... carpenter
Linda Murphy .... art department coordinator
Gary O'Donnell .... standby scenic
Danny O'Reilly .... standby rigger
Christy O'Shaughnessy .... supervising painter (as Christopher O'Shaughnessy)
John Purdy .... standby stagehand
John Quilty .... props trainee
Ger Richardson .... painter
Erica Jane Ryan .... food specialist
Brian Thompson .... construction runaround
Melanie Whelan .... art department trainee
Lyndon Johnston .... dressing props (uncredited)
Eleonora McNamara .... prop maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Niall Brady .... sound effects editor
Niall Brady .... supervising sound editor
Enda Callan .... additional boom operator
Alan Collins .... sound facility director: ardmore sound
Michelle Cunniffe .... sound re-recording mixer
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
Steve Fanagan .... sound effects editor
Steve Fanagan .... sound re-recording mixer
Garret Farrell .... adr mixer: Dublin, Screen Scene
Michelle Fingleton .... adr editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer: London, Golccrest
Michelle McCormack .... dialogue editor
Eoghan McDonnell .... foley artist
Jean McGrath .... foley recordist
Conor O'Toole .... boom operator
Liesl Pieterse .... adr mixer: Sydney, Soundfirm
Jon Stevenson .... foley editor
Pete Walker .... sound trainee (as Pete Anthony Walker)
Brendan Deasy .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Ugo Derouard .... voice over recording engineer (uncredited)
Mark DeSimone .... sound (uncredited)
Andrew Felton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Mike Franklin .... voice over recording engineer (uncredited)
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kevin Byrne .... special effects coordinator
Gerry Farrell .... senior special effects technician
Kevin Nolan .... senior special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Jaume Arteman .... digital compositor: Screen Scene
Fiorenza Bagnariol .... digital film bureau: Deluxe 142 Features
Ed Bruce .... visual effects supervisor: Screen Scene
Roberto D'Ippolito .... digital compositor: Screen Scene
Attila Gall .... digital compositor: Screen Scene
Dan Helme .... data wrangler: Deluxe 142 Features
Aled Rhys Jones .... digital compositor: Screen Scene
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau: Deluxe 142 Features
Michael McCarthy .... matchmover: Screen Scene
Sarah Mooney .... visual effects producer: Screen Scene
Nicholas Murphy .... visual effects production assistant: Screen Scene
Liam Neville .... digital compositor: Screen Scene
John O'Connell .... 3d technical director: Screen Scene
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager: Deluxe 142 Features
Gordon Pratt .... digital film bureau: Deluxe 142 Features
Joe Condren .... stunt coordinator
Robert O'Brien .... stunt performer (as Robbie O'Brien)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fionn Comerford .... camera operator: "b" camera
Conor Crowley .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Shane Deasy .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Damien Heffernan .... practical electrician
Jonnie Leahy .... provider: camera and lenses, Production Depot (as Jon Leahy)
Sean Leonard .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Louise MacEllin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Louise McEllin)
Simon Magee .... electrician
Greg McGuinness .... camera trainee
James McGuire .... gaffer
Richie O'Connor .... grip trainee
Eoin O'Keefe .... camera trainee
Micheal O'Mogáin .... best boy
Michael O'Toole .... provider: lighting equipment, Cine Electric
Patrick Redmond .... still photographer
Peter Robertson .... steadicam operator
Martin Stephens .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jean-Martin Ó'Flatharta .... electrician
Pádric Ó'Fátharta .... generator operator
John Connon .... grip (uncredited)
Niall Mannion .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Simon Cox .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elisa Cameirano .... wardrobe: crowd
Laura Fortune .... costume cutter
Graham Hunter .... assistant costume designer
Ben Maguire .... wardrobe: crowd
Tamsin McKiernan .... wardrobe trainee
Barbara Milne .... dresser
Lucia Nardone .... key costume assistant
Jessica O'Leary .... costume supervisor
Louise Stanton .... costumer
Louise Stanton .... costumer: retake
Tatjana Zemcugova .... breakdown artist
Editorial Department
Julie Carr .... assistant editor
John Como .... trainee editor
Pete Conlin .... post production
Cheryl Goodbody .... digital intermediate producer: Deluxe 142 Features
Lucy Gouldthorpe .... post-production coordinator
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Dave Hughes .... digital intermediate colorist
Jenny Keane .... title placement
Stephen Kidney .... assistant editor
Matt Maddox .... additional editor
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of department: Deluxe 142 Features
Sean McGrath .... post-production coordinator
Tim Morris .... digital intermediate supervisor
Jeremiah O'Driscoll .... additional editor
Allyn Quigley .... red rushes assistant
Music Department
Umberto Belfore .... music recordist: piano
Brian Byrne .... musician: piano and harpsicord
Ciaran Byrne .... score mixer
Ciaran Byrne .... score recordist
John Byrne .... music preparation
John Byrne .... score supervisor
Damian Chennell .... assistant score recording engineer
Mia Cooper .... orchestra leader
Fraser Fifield .... musician: whistle
Martin Johnson .... musician: cello
Anthony Long .... orchestra general manager
John O'Brien .... musician: whistle
Geraldine O'Doherty .... musician: harpist
R.T.E. Concert Orchestra .... musicians (as The RTÉ Concert Orchestra)
Ken Rice .... musician: solo violin
Bill Shanley .... musician: guitar and mandolin
Transportation Department
Frank Burke .... driver
Willie Cooley .... driver: standby electrical truck
James Cullen .... transportation coordinator
Paul Cullen .... transportation captain
Wayne Cullen .... driver: standby camera truck
Alan Dixon .... driver
John Fearon .... driver: facilities
Stephen Fearon .... facilities manager
Patrick Fisher .... driver: facilities
Johnny Fortune .... driver: facilities
Gordon Geraghty .... driver
Peter Hill .... driver: standby construction truck
Tony Lupton .... driver: facilities
Gavin McGlashan .... driver: facilities
John McMenamin .... driver: standby props truck
Graham McWilliams .... driver: minibus
Peter O'Toole .... driver: minibus
Colman Sharkey .... driver
Peter Thornton .... driver
Other crew
Maya Amsellem .... international sales: WestEnd Films
Lorcan Berney .... assistant location manager
Grant Bobbett .... assistant location manager
Fiona Bonnie .... chaperone
Emerson Burns .... legal services: U.S.
Mark Byrne .... head of legal services: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board
Ruth Carter .... development executive: Parallel Films
Eamon Casey .... advisor: silver service
Aoife Cassidy .... production coordinator
Caroline Cassidy .... catering supervisor
Peter Conway .... location manager
Tadhg Conway .... epk
Jamie Deasy .... epk: additional footage
Jamie Deasy .... production trainee
Niall Delaney .... supervising accountant: Parallel Films
Avril Donohue .... cashier
Bill Dowling .... epk
Tony Doyle .... courier services: Aerfast International
Eddie Drew .... animal wrangler
Gavin Duffy .... extras coordinator intern
Ger Duffy .... stand-in
John Duffy .... office security: MCM Security
Nancy Evans Cox .... assistant: Ms. Close (as Nancy Evans)
James Andrew Felts .... assistant: Ms. Curtis
Fiona Fitzsimons .... historical advisor
Dermot Furey .... chef
Donal Geraghty .... production accountant
Ben Good .... horse and carriage master
Karen Graci .... assistant: Mr. Garcia
Brendan Gunn .... dialect coach
Tamara Harel-Cohen .... assistant: Ms. Lynn
Orla Heffernan .... production assistant
Ruth Hodgson .... post production executive: Film Finances
Johanna Hogan .... legal services: Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Susan Holmes .... production executive: Parallel Films
Elsa Huisman .... legal services: France
Ruth Hunter .... legal services: Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Jérôme Jouneaux .... press attache: France
Kevin Kearns .... health and safety officer
Jonathan Kelly .... legal services: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, Philip Lee Solicitors
Vicki Kisner .... assistant: Mr. Moloney
David Korda .... production executive: Film Finances
Dina Kuperstock .... sales representative: North American Sales, CAA
Joan Lambe .... first assistant accountant
Zeke Lawless .... production assistant: Parallel Films
Kate Lee .... unit publicist: Freud Communications
Mercy Liao .... international sales: for WestEnd Films
Ciara Lyons .... extras coordinator
Mike Mackie .... intern: Mockingbird
Will Mackie .... intern: Mockingbird
Jane McCabe .... assistant production coordinator
Deirdre McMahon .... legal services: Matheson Ormsby Prentice
Jane McNally .... production executive: Parallel Films
Belinda Murphy .... choreographer
Andrew Noonan .... location security: Strand Security
Philip O'Carroll .... location trainee
Ann O'Neill .... horse and carriage coordinator
John O'Sullivan .... insurance broker: Media Insurance
Linda Pather .... production monitoring supervisor: Film Finances
Bairbre Quinn .... payroll accountant
Cathal Quinn .... dialect coach
Ceri Quinn .... stand-in
Jana Rich .... social media consultant
Cristan Sabau .... general operative
Eve Schoukroun .... international sales: WestEnd Films
Emma Scott .... production executive: Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board
James Selman .... unit publicist: Freud Communications
Sarah Stapleton .... catering assistant
Daniel Steinman .... sales representative: North American Sales, CAA (as Dan Steinman)
Kieron Walshe .... extras coordinator assistant
Andrew Waters .... paramedic
Kathleen Weir .... script supervisor
Genevieve Whitfield .... catering coordinator
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialect coach (as Julia Wilson-Dickson)
Orlando Bloom .... special thanks
Stephen Frears .... special thanks
Jonathan King .... special thanks
Jonathan Loughran .... special thanks
Athana Matu .... special thanks
Amanda Seyfried .... special thanks
István Szabó .... special thanks (as Istvan Szabo)

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Rated R for some sexuality, brief nudity and language
113 min
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating lead performances outshine a not as compelling story, 31 January 2012
Author: chaz-28 from Rockville, MD

When men dress up as women in the movies, it is almost always in a comedy or farce; think Some Like It Hot (1959), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and Tootsie (1982). However, when the situation is reversed and the film concerns women dressing up as men, the movie is habitually a drama bordering on tragedy: Yentl (1983), Boys Don't Cry (1999), and Osama (2003). Perhaps men trying to pass themselves off as women are just funnier and more outlandish, but the reasons behind it are usually not as urgent. In Albert Nobbs, Albert (Glenn Close) is the head waiter at an upscale hotel in 19th century Ireland. He appears to be middle-aged and has been passing himself off as a man since he/she was 14. His livelihood and future in the midst of immense unemployment and desperate surroundings depend on maintaining this deception.

I use the pronouns 'he' and 'his' because nothing about Albert is female except for the some well hidden physiology. Albert is extremely adept at passing as a man. When he speaks at all, his voice is low. His hair is short, he is impeccably dressed, his manners are irreproachable, and he does nothing whatsoever to call any attention to himself. As any man-servant should be, he is invisible. Working in the hospitality industry is just a means to end for Albert though. He lives such a spartan lifestyle because he hoards his money underneath his floorboard to one day soon purchase a shop and become a respected tobacconist. He is close; he has identified the vacant shop, has planned its layout, and can almost feel the escape which will come when he is his own boss.

Albert knows something is missing in his grand scheme though; he is lonely. In the beginning, he does not recognize he is missing anything important until he is forced to share his room one night with a man, Mr. Hubert Page (Janet McTeer). Through a contrived sequence, Albert is revealed as a female to Mr. Page and only later on learns Mr. Page is also a woman. Using what look like camera tricks and perspective shots, Mr. Page is a towering and bulky workman. He is also married to a woman. This bit of news tremendously confuses poor Albert. How is it possible for two women to be married to one another? It is obvious that Mr. Page and his wife are in a lesbian relationship; however, Albert would not even know what that word means. Albert comes across as asexual. There has never been a chance in his life to conceive of intimacy so all feelings and aspects of that persona just atrophied away.

Now that Albert's eyes are opened to the fact that there are women out in the world who are married to each other, he sets his eyes on the lowly but young and desirable chambermaid Helen (Mia Wasikowska). Helen knows just how pretty she is and becomes smitten by the newly employed handyman Joe (Aaron Johnson). Not only is Albert stunted in the intimacy realm of life, but his social skills are also not as fine tuned as the younger set who now aware of Albert's infatuation with Helen, may try to use those feelings for their financial gain.

While the story of Albert Nobbs is on the weaker side and not particularly engaging, the acting, specifically by Close and McTeer, is fascinating. There is a scene where Albert and Mr. Page try on some dresses and take a walk outside. For Albert, this is the first time he has worn a dress in probably 30 years. The immediate discomfort but growing acceptance and then utter joy on his face is a wonderful scene as he experiences some long repressed feelings while ecstatically running on the beach. McTeer's performance is equal to Close's in every way. She/he looks 100% like a man dressed up as a woman when he puts on that dress. The makeup department for this film is spot on, much better than J. Edgar and The Iron Lady. Even though they did not have to age the characters as those aforementioned films did, transforming two women into men so effectively as they do is worth the price of admission alone.

Director Rodrigo Garcia, who happens to be the son of novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is becoming known as the go-to filmmaker for involved and complex stories about women. He also directed Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000), Nine Lives (2005), and Mother and Child (2010), all recognized as thoughtful films with strong female leads. Glenn Close co-wrote the screenplay and brought with her a long experience of understanding Albert since she played him in the 1982 stage production.

I recommend Albert Nobbs to enjoy the performances and to witness the forceful presences of Glenn Close and Janet McTeer and their convincing portrayals of the opposite sex. The story is not as compelling as one would wish for a period piece such as this, but it is nevertheless overshadowed by the acting.

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