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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)
Peter Climpson .... sound attachment (uncredited)
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 Bruns .... production legal services
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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Glenn Close first played Albert Nobbs in a 1982 off-Broadway stage production. She won the Obie Award.See more »
Hubert Page:You don't have to be anything but who you are. Look at how you've survived all these years.See more »
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Tortured soul, 15 January 2012
Author: moviemanMA from Massachusetts

Albert Nobbs is a labor of love. Glenn Close, who stars in the titular role, has been connected with this material for nearly 20 years, playing the same role on stage in 1982. For years she tried to get the production to the big screen, and after a long wait her efforts have put forth a brilliant film. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment), this film tells the story of Albert, an Irish waiter at a hotel. The trouble is she has been portraying herself as a man for 30 years. She has become encased in her mindset of Albert Nobbs that she doesn't know her true self anymore. She must do whatever it takes to get by, even if it means keeping her secret to the grave.

She befriends a local painter, Hubert Page (Janet McTeer), only Hubert isn't all that he says he is either. With Hubert's friendship, Albert sees that what he needs is a wife. He attempts to court another maid at the hotel, Helen (by Mia Wasikowska), only she has taken a shine to Joe (Aaron Johnson), the new handyman. It's sometimes painful to see the lengths that Albert goes to for Helen, but Albert it so pure in his thinking and kind of heart that we want him to get the girl no matter what.

What makes Albert Nobbs so special is Close's performance. Close truly fits the part. There is something in her eyes that makes you really believe that the woman in Albert is only what he keeps hidden under his clothes. All the rest is a man. Close makes us believe that Albert sees himself as a man only just a little different. We see a fragile man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means sucking up to the harsh and vulgar members of high society.

The supporting cast around Close is fantastic as well. McTeer really shines as Albert's only true friend. I would look for both Close and McTeer to be in contention come this Oscar night. Wasikowska and Johnson look great for their respective parts, playing them with honesty. Another accent to the cast is Brendan Gleeson as the local doctor. He adds a touch of sensibility to the entitled of the day. He likes a good, stiff drink (or three) and finds himself comfortable in the company of those considered lower than him.

Gleeson's character brings up a great quality to the film. I am astonished at how much of a commentary of 19th century life is put into the film. I would say most of the first act is setting up the world they live in and periodic references and characters enter the second and third acts to remind us of the time period this story is taking place. Albert Nobbs is in fact a reflection of what it was like to live back then. In order to make a decent living one had to be a man, otherwise find someone to live off of.

It's a heartbreaking story that will really hit home. Albert on the surface is a simple man, but underneath lies a wealth of feeling, confusion, and love. The film ends with the beautiful song "Lay Your Head Down" with lyrics by Close herself, music by Brian Byrne, and sung by Sinead O'Connor. It reminded me of "Into the West" by Annie Lennox, the Oscar winning song from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. This song from Albert is somber, sweet, and plays like a lullaby. I think it's safe to say that is exactly what it is; a lullaby for Albert, a character whose life has been so strenuous and tiresome.

The more I think about it the more I love this film. Great performances, great characters, and a perfect time period to be placed in. The song is the icing on the cake (and probably has the best shot at winning come Oscar night). It looks like Meryl Streep is all but a lock for Best Actress, but we shall see what happens. Who knows, maybe Albert will gain momentum coming down the homestretch. I hope it does.

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