ALBERT NOBBS (eOne, 2011) D: Rodrigo García, w/ Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska. Rating: NNNNN; Blu-ray package: NNNN Rating: NNNNN
The heartbreaking character drama Albert Nobbs is propelled by Glenn Close's astonishing performance. She vanishes into the role as completely as Albert, the character, disappears into the background.
Nobbs is a waiter in an almost high-end boutique hotel in late Victorian Dublin. That job and the rigid class system require him to be as invisible as possible. Albert is a woman living as a man. She's been at it for 30 years of painful loneliness and constant terror of being found out. But she plans to open her own shop, and maybe Helen (Mia Wasikowska), one of the maids, will return her growing affection and join her in the business.
The beautifully wrought script takes some surprising turns and finds room for a little understated comedy. Wasikowska and the rest of the cast immerse themselves fully. There isn't a false note anywhere.
This has been Close's dream project for well over a decade. The eight cast and crew interviews detail the film's tortuous progress from stage to screen, as well as script, casting and working methods.
EXTRAS Eight cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes. English, French audio. English SDH subtitles.