Charm­ing gender ben­der

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

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

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