Albert Nobbs is a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.
As the title character in “Albert Nobbs,’’ Glenn Close skulks through Edwardian-era Dublin like a eunuch on a stealth mission. Albert works as a butler at a hotel catering to the privileged classes, and he’s the servant you never notice: dependable, discreet, invisible. The other employees of Morrison’s have passions and disordered lives, but Albert takes pains to have no personality whatsoever. He is duty, and nothing else.