Film stills © 2011 – Roadside Attractions
A film that I believe with get very little recognition by the public is “Albert Nobbs”. Of course, I could be wrong – and I hope I am. “Albert Nobbs” is the story of a woman who, in order to earn a living, disguises herself as a man. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this film, but I was curious. Just seeing Glenn Close dressed as a man in the trailer impressed me, and made me want to see it (I’m also a sucker for period dramas). I left the theater surprised, but not disappointed.
“Albert Nobbs” was a beautiful film about the hardships of living as a woman in a man’s world, and a woman’s need for love and companionship. Not necessarily about the bigger picture – although it does touch upon that – but more about one woman’s pursuit of her dream in a world working against her. It is also about the responsibilities of living as a man in a man’s world. It’s hard to say much about this film and not give away the story, which I don’t want to do. However, the Academy Awards are not wrong in nominating Glenn Close, or especially Janet McTeer.
Glenn Close is an amazing Albert Nobbs, and I believe she not only manages in convincing the other characters that she is a man, but she can convince the audience as well. However, the moment Albert is away from prying eyes, the audience can see her as the shy and amazing woman that she is – scared of exposure but desperate to be herself. Janet McTeer adds amazing heart and love to the story, and serves as an example of what Albert wishes she could be. This film is not about the sexual lives of women with women, but instead about incredibly strong emotional bonds of love and friendship between women who are alone in the world.
Overall I loved Albert Nobbs, although I find I can’t really express it in this review. Looking back on what I’ve said I feel it does very little for a film which left me thinking all evening. All I can say is, I recommend this film. I know there are many people who will probably not like this, but I loved Albert Nobbs.