Gender-Bending the Rules Blogathon – Albert Nobbs (2011)


This is my 2nd of 3 entries in the Gender-Bending the Rules Blogathon being hosted by Chris of Angelman’s Place and Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In.

Tnx for letting me partake Guys!

“A life without decency is unbearable. ” – Albert Nobbs

Number of Times Seen – 2 (8 Feb 2012 and 17 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A woman in Dublin who has been working secretly as a butler tries to find a way to get out of her secret life and start her own business.

My Take on it – This is a film that manages to highlight the two great performances of Glenn Close and Janet McTeer as they both play characters pretending to be men in a society where women have no rights and are not able to get ahead in life.

They are both quite talented actresses and manage to play their roles almost perfectly.

Both were nominated for Oscars for these roles and there is no question as to the fact that these nominations were quite deserving.

The story itself tho is a bot problematic here because it meanders along instead of feeling poignant as this kind of story probably should feel.

They do a great job of showing the class differences between men and women at that time and we easily can understand why both of these characters choose to live their lives in secret.

The story itself drags along a bit too much and if they had shortened it a bit, it might have been even better.

Bottom Line – This film highlights the great talent of both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer who both give such amazing performances in this film. The story itself meanders along and isn’t as poignant or interesting as one would hope it could be. They do manage to show the various class differences between men and women in late 19th Century Ireland and come to completely understand why the main character has made some of her choices over the years. The story drags on a bit too much and it might have been much better had it been shortened a bit. The makeup is superbly done.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Glenn Close was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award (Oscar) for her lead role as Albert Nobbs. It was Close’s sixth nomination and sixth loss, and this now ties her with actresses Thelma Ritter and Deborah Kerr for the most consecutive losses for an actress. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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