|Directed by||Rodrigo García|
|Produced by||Glenn Close
|Screenplay by||Glenn Close
|Story by||István Szabó|
|Based on||The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs
by George Moore
|Music by||Brian Byrne|
|Edited by||Steven Weisberg|
Roadside Attractions (USA)
Entertainment One (UK)
|Budget||€6,000,000 ($7.5m approx.)|
|Box office||$8.5 million|
Albert Nobbs is a 2011 British-Irish drama film directed by Rodrigo García and starring Glenn Close. The screenplay, by Close, John Banville, and Gabriella Prekop, is based on a novella by George Moore.
The film received mixed reviews, but the performances by Glenn Close and Janet McTeer were praised; they were nominated for the Academy Award in the categories of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. They also received Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) works with extreme dedication as a hotel butler in 19th-century Ireland. Assigned as female at birth, and initially raised as a girl, Albert has spent the last 30 years living as a man. Albert has been secretly saving money to buy a tobacco shop to gain some measure of freedom and independence.
Meanwhile, recently unemployed Joe Mackins (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) arrives at the hotel to repair the boiler. Flirtatious maid Helen Dawes (Mia Wasikowska) is attracted to him, and they become lovers. However, Joe soon shows himself to be an alcoholic bully.
At this time, a Mr. Hubert Page (Janet McTeer), who was tasked with painting the hotel, discovers Albert's secret, only to reveal that he is keeping the very same secret about himself.
Albert visits Hubert at his home and meets Cathleen (Bronagh Gallagher), who lives with him as his wife. Albert tells Hubert the story of his life: born a bastard and then abandoned, Albert was raised and educated in a convent before being kicked out after the death of Mrs Nobbs, Albert's mother. One night, aged 14 and still presenting as female, Albert was brutally gang-raped and beaten by a group of men. Immediately afterwards, after hearing there was a need for waiters, Albert bought a suit, was interviewed and was hired, and began his life with a male identity. Albert's former name is not revealed.
Believing Helen may be the ideal wife to run a shop with, Albert asks her to 'walk out'. She refuses, but Joe, believing that Albert will give Helen money that could help the pair emigrate to America, encourages her to lead Albert on. She agrees to this approach, allowing Albert to buy her expensive gifts. Helen is uncomfortable with Albert and the arrangement that Joe forced her to make. Albert tells Helen about long-kept plans to buy a shop, though she only wants to leave Ireland for America.
A typhoid epidemic breaks out in Dublin, and when some staff fall ill, customers avoid the hotel, causing financial problems. Albert becomes infected but recovers, while Helen discovers she is pregnant with Joe's child. Joe is terrified, fearing he will become like his abusive father. Albert goes to Hubert's home and learns that Cathleen died, leaving Hubert devastated. As a tribute to her, Albert and Hubert don dresses Cathleen made and take a stroll on the beach. Though both at first are extremely uncomfortable, they eventually enjoy spending the day together dressed as women. They take a walk along the beach where Albert, feeling free, runs in the sand. But a stumble and fall bring Albert back to reality. The pair return to Hubert's, change back into their men's clothing, and go back to their lives as before.
Back at the hotel, Albert learns Helen is pregnant and offers to marry her. She refuses, saying Albert does not love her, though Albert voices a fear that Joe will abandon her and the child and go to America alone. Later that evening, when Joe and Helen get into a loud fight, Albert intervenes. Albert physically attacks Joe when he attempts to hurt Helen in a fit of rage. Albert is thrown against a wall by Joe, sustaining a head injury. Albert retires to bed, bleeding from one ear. Later that night, Albert dies, presumably as a result of the head injury.
Mrs. Baker discovers Albert's hidden money and uses it to revitalize the hotel. In the following months, Joe has gone to America and Helen has given birth to a son, Albert Joseph. Mrs. Baker makes further use of Albert's money by hiring Hubert to paint the entire hotel. Hubert sees Helen again, who breaks down and reveals that she will be separated from her son and thrown out into the street. Hubert tells her, "We can't let that happen, can we?", implying that he will look after her.
- Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs
- Mia Wasikowska as Helen Dawes
- Aaron Johnson as Joe Mackins
- Janet McTeer as Hubert Page
- Pauline Collins as Mrs. Baker
- Brenda Fricker as Polly
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Viscount Yarrell
- Brendan Gleeson as Dr. Holloran
- Maria Doyle Kennedy as Mary
- Mark Williams as Seán
- Serena Brabazon as Mrs. Moore
- Michael McElhatton as Mr. Moore
- Kenneth Collard as Mr. Pigot
- Bronagh Gallagher as Cathleen Page
- Antonia Campbell-Hughes as Emmy
Close first played the titular character in a 1982 stage production and spent 15 years trying to turn it into a film. The film almost went into production in the early 2000s, with director István Szabó, but the financing fell apart. In addition to her starring role, Close is also a producer and co-writer with John Banville.
Production was scheduled to begin in July 2010 but was delayed until December, when Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Johnson replaced Amanda Seyfried and Orlando Bloom. Filming commenced on 13 December on location in Dublin and Wicklow. In July 2011, it was announced that Albert Nobbs would screen at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival in September and the first official photos from the film were released.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 56%, based on 149 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. Metacritic gave the film a 57 out of 100, with mixed or average reviews based on reviews from 42 critics.
|84th Academy Awards||Best Actress||Glenn Close||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Janet McTeer||Nominated|
|Best Makeup||Martial Corneville
Matthew W. Mungle
|AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards||Best Actress||Glenn Close||Won|
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Janet McTeer||Nominated|
|Female Icon Award||Glenn Close||Won|
|Actress Defying Age and Ageism||Glenn Close||Nominated|
|Most Egregious Love Interest Age Difference Award||Glenn Close (64), Mia Wasikowska (22)||Won|
|1st AACTA International Awards||Best Actress – International||Glenn Close||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Makeup||Lorraine Glynn
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Film - Wide Release||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama||Glenn Close||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Janet McTeer||Nominated|
|Best Original Song||"Lay Your Head Down" by Brian Byrne and Glenn Close||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Female||Janet McTeer||Nominated|
|Irish Film & Television Academy||Best Film||Alan Moloney
|Best Script for Film||John Banville
|Best International Actress||Glenn Close||Won|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film||Brendan Gleeson||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film||Brenda Fricker||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film||Maria Doyle Kennedy||Nominated|
|Best Make-up and Hair||Lorraine Glynn
|Best Original Score||Brian Byrne||Won|
|Best Sound||Brendan Deasy
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Janet McTeer||Runner-up|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Janet McTeer||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Actress||Glenn Close||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress – Motion Picture||Glenn Close||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress – Supporting Role||Janet McTeer||Nominated|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||George Moore
The play by Gabriella Prekop
|Best Original Song||"Lay Your Head Down" by Brian Byrne and Glenn Close||Won|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role||Glenn Close||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role||Janet McTeer||Nominated|
|Southeastern Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Janet McTeer||Won|
|Tokyo International Film Festival||Best Actress||Glenn Close||Won|
|Tokyo Grand Prix||Rodrigo García||Nominated|
|Women Film Critics Circle||Best Movie About Women||Nominated|
|Best Female Images in a Movie||Nominated|
|Courage in Acting - Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen||Glenn Close||Won|
|Women's Work: Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film||Glenn Close, Brian Byrne and Sinéad O'Connor||Won|
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