by Anne Thompson
November 14, 2011 4:28 PM 3 Comments
Glenn Close and Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
Janet McTeer didn't mean to steal the gender-bender drama "Albert Nobbs" from its writer-producer-star, Glenn Close, who developed and willed the $8-million period film into being. But McTeer does, partly because the tall powerful stage actress (Oscar-nominated for "Tumbleweeds") has the showier part as free-wheeling house painter Hubert. Actors will recognize the degree of difficulty for the diminutive Close, whose character is locked in a 30-year prison, passing as a man in 19th century Dublin. While Nobbs is closed in, lonely and isolated, hiding behind a mask, frightened of any disturbance in her world, Hubert owns the physicality and freedom of a man--and lives with a woman. My video interview with McTeer is below.
Here's an "Albert Nobbs" review round-up; I also interviewed Close here and Mia Wasikowska here. The movie will open limited on December 31 in advance of a wider January release.