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  • As directed with grit and grace by Rodrigo García, this quietly devastating film goes bone-deep. show more

  • Though the movie drips and aches with good intentions, I do wonder how lesbians may feel about seeing lesbianism presented as a mere traumatized distortion of female heterosexuality. show more

  • The film never gets to the heart of Nobbs - a woman who lives as a man. She comes across as more of a sad, clownish figure than a flesh-and-blood human, playing her emotions so close to the vest that it's hard to care about this stoic character. show more

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  • August 13, 2012 tv00000000127518
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    From the mezmerizing period piece to the Victorian social restrictions and it\'s hypocracy with all the elegant trappings of the privileged served by the underprivleged, I found all aspects of this film to be enthralling and fascinating. The children ************** ogled the character Albert Nobbs with apparent recognition of his true gender as well as the suspicious looks ascance at Hubert later in the film in addition to the amoral apiraions of Albert\'s romantic interest\'s lover, Joe. The dynamics created a heartwrenching tale of urequited love only gained posthumously. Albert\'s loss and abuses that led to a lifetime of secrecy and servitude came to a devastating end only made bearable by the character Hubert, whose gender bending portrayal vacillated between the vuluptious sensuality of fabulous Janet McTeer\'s combination of feminine vulnerabilty and courage to risk living as man to have the freedoms granted only to men. it is a must see for any film lover\'s library.

  • May 22, 2012 jackd1207
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    Entertaining in the oddest way. A slice of life in England in the very early 1800s with a LGBT message.

  • May 18, 2012 Diane
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    The acting is brilliant but I seriously question the historic reality of this film. It is just another - not so thinly vailed - attempt to legitimize lesbianism.

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