Albert Nobbs (Glen Close) is a hard working waiter at a drab hotel in Dublin. Everyone loves the dedicated man and he keeps to himself with his room and dreams. The main reason for his introversion is that he is harboring a secret. Albert is actually a woman and the harsh 19th century Irish economy forces him to take up the role of a man. He is very comfortable in that role but of course society would not have that if it came to light. This is the setup for the film and what follows is the exploration of the question of gender in the face of society's insistence of it being binary in nature.
Rating: * * *