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Film Review and competition: Albert Nobbs (with Glenn Close). Win the DVD

Review by Ceri Wheeldon

I have tremendous respect and admiration for Glenn Close as an actress. Having seen her play the lead role in Albert Nobbs, it is easy to see why she was nominated for an Oscar for the role. For those unfamiliar with the film , Glenn Close plays the part of a woman having to live as a man to survive in 19th century Ireland.

Throughout the film you can feel her pain as she constantly lives in fear of being discovered and fights the isolation living her life as a man brings, but with a dream of escaping from the lonely situation she finds herself in.

Not a ‘feel good’ film, but a film which highlights the lengths women had to go to in order to survive in a man’s world, in relatively recent history.

With an excellent supporting cast, including Janet McTeer (who also received an Oscar nomination for this film), the film explores lies, friendship and love in many different guises. It also portrays the lack of options for women without the support of family or husbands in the 19th century.

An incredibly moving film, if you missed it at the cinema it is now out on DVD. A word of advice: have hankies at the ready!

Competition to win Albert Nobbs DVD

To celebrate the release of Albert Nobbs on 3rd September, we are offering you the chance to win a copy of this magnificent story, courtesy of Entertainment One.

Adapted from a short story by Irish author George Moore, the film has been a personal project for Close, 30 years in the making, after the actress originally played the role in the 1982 Off Broadway adaptation.  Directed by Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment, Nine Lives) and with a screenplay adapted by Close and Man Booker prize winning novelist John Banville, ALBERT NOBBS is an endearing tale of one woman’s unconventional search to find her place in a life built upon a secret of her own making.

Discover the unique and beautiful tale of one woman’s struggle to live in a man’s world by entering our free prize draw.

What’s your favourite Glenn Close film moment?

We have 3 copies of the Albert Nobbs DVD to be won.  Just tell us about your favourite or most memorable Glenn Close film moment in the comments below. Three winning comments will be selected to win a DVD (closing date September 21st). Only UK readers are eligible to win, but everyone is welcome to comment!




Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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  1. Fleur Hutchinson

    September 5, 2012

    Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction with the lamp scene where alex is turning the lamp on and off her expression is so memorable. We should hate her but I can’t help sympathising with her.

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