Charming gender bender
THIS ripping period drama is led with distinction by Glenn Close in an unorthodox part she has been developing for three decades.
Based on a short story by the great Irish writer George Moore, the whole thing might sound obscure right now.
But come Oscar time, you’ll know Albert Nobbs as ‘‘ that movie where Glenn Close pretends to be a bloke’’. And quite convincingly, as it turns out.
Close ( pictured) plays the title role of a middle- aged woman who has lived and worked as a male butler in a successful Irish hotel without suspicion for a lengthy period.
However, when Albert decides she/ he would like to get married and settle down, you can easily picture the chaos heading her/ his way.
The gender- bending aspect of Albert Nobbs is never presented as a cheap narrative gimmick. There is a necessity to Albert’s ruse that is sincerely moving.
A few genial touches of light comedy and a brilliant support cast ( including The Guard’s Brendan Gleeson and the omnipresent Mia Wasikowska) complete a package well worth unwrapping.
Now showing State Cinema