"Albert Nobbs" Suffers From Glenn Close's Unmoving Prosthetics

Patrick Redmond

Fulfilling a mission that has consumed her for almost two decades, Glenn Close — as producer, cowriter, and lead — brings to the screen the titular character, a woman who passes as a man in 1890s Ireland. The result of this passion project? Getting to look like Bruce Jenner in a bowler and high starched collar. Close's prosthetic makeup renders her face too immobile, a marked contrast with her unfixed accent. It's a shame, because the material — based on a novella by George Moore published in the 1927 collection Celibate Lives — deserves better.

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