Albert Nobbs + What's Opera, Doc?
Starring: Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Pauline Collins, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Directed by: Rodrigo Garcia
The plot: Albert Nobbs is a dedicated member of staff at Morrison's Hotel in Dublin owned by Mrs Baker, who indulges the fancies of her well-to-do guests. For years, Albert has kept his gender a secret but the subterfuge is shattered when the butler shares his room with painter Hubert Page, who also turns out to be a woman in disguise. Spurred on by Hubert, Albert contemplates a marriage proposal to pretty maid Helen.
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"Good performances, but it's difficult to give two hoots about Close's passion project when the story remains as pinched and hermetic as poor little Albert Nobbs himself."
"The grim, grey-hued result is about as far from contemporary drag chic as it's possible to get - appropriate for the subject matter, perhaps, but hardly the stuff of satisfying cinema."
"Not only sad, sad, sad but dreary and unpleasant, peopled with largely unsympathetic characters but for McTeer, who is great."