Albert Nobbs trailer disguises Close performance
I'm really not sure how I should take the trailer for Albert Nobbs for it concentrates the attention on what for me is the wrong part of the story. I ended up thinking about the marriage and relationship between a woman pretending to be a man and a woman who believes that she is a man, and not on the story of Nobbs and Glenn Close's performance.
Perhaps that's what the marketing people want me to be concentrating on, but I don't think that's the right feel for the film, nor do I hope it is the focus of the film which promises a lot more, especially from Close.
Glenn Close has been steeped in this character and performance for some time, and from what I've read the performance in the film is one of her greatest, and since I think she's a stunning actress already and at the top of her profession, I see that as huge praise for the finished film.
The story of Albert Nobbs is best told through the blurb:
Albert Nobbs (Close) struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, 'Albert' meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.
It comes from a short story by George Moore that John Banville and Glenn Close adapted into the screenplay for the film which is directed by Rodrigo García. The film stars Close as Nobbs with such names as Brendan Gleeson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Johnson supporting her.
It has already been receiving very positive comments from the film festivals it's been seen at, and it looks set for a limited release in America in December with, all going well, a larger release in January.
Aside from the confusion about the direction of the story from the trailer, just watch the performance of Close, I'm really excited about the film, but the feeling from the trailer and the focus on the two women just doesn't feel right.