A sad film about a sad woman who pays multiple prices—including, eventually, the ultimate price—for daring to pursue her dream…so sums up Rodrigo García’s Albert Nobbs. And in that description lays the film’s primary disappointment.
Albert Nobbs stars Glenn Close as the titular character, a woman who has spent decades masquerading as a man to work as a waiter in a posh Dublin hotel. Going into Albert Nobbs, it is not as if one expects an uplifting film. But depressing movies with pained heroes are one thing. To be fair, the film is well-written, but what is frustrating about Albert Nobbs is seeing an already pained person pay such a high cost for daring to dream and make her life better. What sort of theme is punishment for attempts at improvement? Hit the jump for our Blu-ray review of Albert Nobbs.