Albert Nobbs

Sunday, December 04 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Albert Nobbs

JOY REVIEW

Albert Nobbs has got a lot of buzz from Telluride, which is where it was first seen.  It stars Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs, (yes, it stars Glenn Close, a woman, as Albert Nobbs, yes, a man) a butler in Ireland in the last century. Well I guess two centuries ago now, it’s the late 1800s.  This was a project very close to Glenn’s heart, apparently she played the part in a play 29 years ago and decided she wanted to bring it to the screen.  She is being mentioned as Oscar material for this, but I’ll tell you who really steals the movie up from underneath everybody is Janet McTeer.  I don’t want to tell you too much about it without spoiling it, but the idea is that there were not a whole lot of options for women in the late 1800s anyplace, certainly including Ireland, and what people had to do to survive.  It’s an interesting movie; apparently it’s based on a more or less true story.  It’s a bit ponderous, it’s a two-hour movie, and would have been well serviced by taking 15 or 20 minutes out of it.  As I said, I think the performance that overshadows is not hers, because to a certain extent, you can see her deciding what to do next, and part of it is that character but part of it is the rest of the case, especially Jane McTeer who just sort of takes the movie and runs, as does Pauline Collins and Brenda Fricker  Three stars.

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