Directed by: Rodrigo García
Starring: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson
Here was an Oscar-nominated film that I didn’t expect to find any value in, but I actually found it pretty damn interesting. If Glenn Close doesn’t get the Best Actress award for this one, I’ll be a little disappointed. A… very little. It’s not like I’m emotionally vested in which famous rich person wins a goddamn award.
Glenn Close is Albert Nobbs, a waiter in a hotel who is actually a woman pretending to be a man so she can have a job and save money up for her dream of owning a tobacconist’s shop. She meets a painter who finds out her secret… but who also happens to be a woman pretending to be a man, and one who is married to a woman at that. Albert starts wondering about wooing her own lady, specifically a maid at the same hotel she works at.
It’s a pretty good drama. The characters are developed and interesting, and the whole transvestism thing isn’t over-emphasized, it’s just another facet of the main character. Also, according to my spellchecker it’s “transvestism” and not “transvestitism”. I learned something today!