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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Albert Nobbs by Rodrigo García, 2011 (R)

with Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy), Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), Maria Doyle Kennedy, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Mark Williams, Bronagh Gallagher, John Light

Having for decades disguised herself as a man while working as a butler in a posh 19th-century Dublin hotel, a woman calling herself Albert Nobbs reconsiders her charade when a handsome painter arrives on the scene.

I didn't really want to watch this movie, it seemed to have a traditional look into the 19th century, giving some sort of reason for things to be that way. But anyway... So about the movie, I have a little crush on Janet McTeer, I think she gives life to the movie just by her presence. Glen Close is Death becomes her, more depressing, you can't. It has its good points and helps understanding the contrast, but it is almost too much, too explicit, therefor she looses in nuances. She has some good scenes tho, which happen to be whenever she is facing Janet McTeer, and breaks a little bit of her facade. Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Johnson are predictably what they embody, young fools ready to ignore their own sense of dignity for the sake of their dreams. Him being self-interested, her following him until she learns her own lesson. The other characters are caricatures, from the rich to the poor, everyone has a role to play. Perhaps because the character played by McTeer is looking into the future the way it has become, we feel more connected. Finally, the movie reaches one objective, make us hate how the women's situation was back in time.

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