Starring: Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson
The movie is adapted from a short story by Irish author George Moore, titled “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs.” Set in Dublin, in 19th century Ireland, Albert Nobbs (Glen Close) is a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive. As the shy butler in a small hotel she has suppressed her real personality but her orderly existence is threatened one day by the arrival of a scrappy housepainter. Transpires she is another cross dresser played by Janet McTeer. The housepainter is housepainter is married which cause causes 'Albert' to re-assess her own life. Keen to woo one of the pretty housemaids, Helen (Mia Wasikowska), the relationship is further complicated because Helen is attracted to a handsome handyman (Aaron Johnson). This unusual love triangle is constrained by the lack of narrative but none the less overall good performances by the cast.