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"Albert Nobbs" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) gives a "powerhouse performance" (New York Post) as a woman who passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. A fine film adapted from the short story by Irish author George Moore.

 

Specifications

  • Lionsgate Studios
  • 2012, Color, R, 113 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.35:1
  • Codec: MPEG 4
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:Glenn Close Mia Wasikowska, Janet McTeer, Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • Directed by: Rodrigo Garcia
Rating
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  • Violence: Brief
  • Sex: Brief nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

What an unusual film, but what wonderful performances by Close and McTeer as women living as men in order to survive the harsh economic times of late Victorian era. You might think this is a tale about lesbianism, but that aspect is left in ambiguity. It is more about the determination to survive, even at great cost. Choosing to become another gender can mess you up physiologically and emotionally. Though I found the film to be very interesting, I think it faultered with the characters because there were several important questions raised by the movie, but never fully answered. In fact, the ending leaves you wondering how things finally shake out in the end. However, that may have been the intention of the director. In any case, I recommend this movie just for Close's performance alone. It is a role she has done on Broadway and been meaning to put up on the Big Screen for years.

Technical

The film looks very good. Details are abundant in the ornate Victorian clothing and buildings. Skin tones are very good and colors are vibrant and solid. You can see the fine facial hairs on Close and the pale blue veins on her temples. Sound was also very good with clear dialog and wonderful turn of the century music that basically lulls your sub into restful sleep. All in all, a well done film from a technical stand point. Handsome and proper, as they would have said 150 years ago.

Extras

An audio commentary, deleted scenes and trailers are all there is for extras. Somewhat disappointing for a movie like this. You'd expect more insights into the performances.