By Justine Ashley Costanza
When Glenn Close starred in the 1982 stage production of ‘Albert Nobbs’, few could have predicted that twenty nine years later the economic ruin of 1900 Ireland would be a reality for many. For this reason the film’s major theme of livelihood and life being one in the same will resonate. For the central characters in the story, being an ideal worker is directly related to survival. This creates a touching narrative that seeps into the modern subconscious.
The story focuses on Albert’s isolation and loneliness while she lives life as a man. In doing so she is able to work as a waiter and avoid the oppressive forces that so tightly bind women. Touchingly, she has spent years saving her money with the dream of opening a small cigar shop. Her plan becomes complicated when she is found out by Herbert (the incredible Janet McTeer), a house painter who is also secretly a female. Albert learns that Herbert has a wife and wishes to be married as well. She begins courting Helen (Mia Wasikoska), a beautiful hotel maid. Unbeknownst to her, Helen and her lover Joe (Aaron Johnson) see an opportunity in returning Albert’s affections. Here in lies one of the film’s major strengths. Even the so called villains of the piece manage to generate a degree of empathy. Joe’s horrific scars and the fact that he can barely write his own name prevent him from being one dimensional while Helen’s desire to be loved is achingly authentic.
By now, awards season buzz had already given away that Close is nothing short of a revelation. Her passion for the small budget project, which she also produced and co-wrote, manifests itself in each scene. Her portrayal is part of a larger message that the rich, even when they take the form of a cross-dressing Jonathan Reese Meyers, are far less interesting than those who struggle.
Commentary, which is worth a spin, and some deleted scenes.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.