- Director: Rodrigo García
- Writer: Glenn Close; John Banville
- Producer: Pierre-Francois Bernet; Glenn Close
Glenn Close made one mistake...she chose the wrong director...the lack of passion is, sadly, the film's ultimate weakness.
Pauline Collins delivers an unsung, standout performance as the catty proprietress.
Janet McTeer has a difficult part - it's not wholly convincing but, she does do her best.
However, all eyes are on Ms Close as the eponymous Nobbs - and, what a mesmerising performance it is...deeply complex and formidably sculpted - the thought processes behind how-to-play-this-part are too complicated to imagine...the result is, as expected, a guarded, controlled, stiff and protected elegance...and, it is hypnotic to watch - the scrutiny of every detail...bewildering.
A fine film - if a little more directorial passion had been injected into it - then, it would/should/could have been exemplary.
In 19th century Dublin, Albert Nobbs, an eccentric man in the latter part of middle age, works as a waiter in Morrison's Hotel run by the stingy and controlling Marge Baker. Albert is hard working and saves his money so that one day he will be able to eke out a better life for himself by owning his own business rather than work at the hotel. Beyond his work colleagues, he is all alone in the world. One day, a man named Hubert Page is hired by Mrs. Baker to paint one of the rooms in the hotel. She forces Hubert to share Albert's bed for the one night he is required to stay to complete the work, much to Albert's horror. Hubert discovers the reason Albert did not want to share a room with him. But rather than the issue being a problem, Hubert shows Albert that he can follow a slightly different life path than the one he envisioned for himself - one closer to the life that Hubert leads with his wife Cathleen - which includes getting married and having a wife to support him emotionally.