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
So-so. Was initially engaging, as you empathise with Albert Nobbs and some of the other characters too. However, the plot struggles to find direction, drifts from a point and ends as a bit of damp squib. The movie had the potential to make a very profound point about women's rights and self-determination, but in the end skirts all these and has a decidedly lacklustre end.
Glenn Close does her best to get an Oscar, and got a nomination for it, but I found her performance too stuffy and uptight. Janet McTeer, on the other hand, gives a superb performance and well deserved her Best Supporting Actress nomination. Good support too from Mia Wasikowska and most of the other supporting cast.
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